Landmark parking case won

Parking campaigners today won a landmark High Court victory against increased charges which has implications for the rest of the country.

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Barnet parking charge increases were 'morally wrong'

Campaigners objecting increased parking charges said that the increases had made parking in Barnet's quiet residential streets "more expensive than parking outside Harrods" after their victory in the High Court today.

David Attfield, a member of Barnet CPZ Action group. Credit: Apollo Public Relations/PA Wire

Mr Attfield said after: "Barnet Council has been caught picking the pockets of CPZ residents.

"Despite making up less than 10% of the borough, they were being made to contribute disproportionately to a range of services such as road repairs and the provision of bus passes across the borough.

"Today's judgment confirms what I have maintained all along: that Parliament never intended local authorities to take a large cut every time a book club meets, mums get together for coffee or a washing machine is repaired.

"It is regrettable that Barnet has spent over two years, and tens of thousands of pounds, standing by their charges which they should have known were legally and morally wrong."

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