Has Hell frozen over? Barnet Council has actually admitted it made a mistake cancelling Freedom Passes for the most vulnerable people in the Borough! Oddly this admission and the apology were contained in the forward to the annual parking report!
It has been a busy year for the service and we have made good progress in improving the
parking service for residents and businesses. Keeping traffic moving smoothly and safely and
improving the borough’s air quality continues to be a top priority for the borough.
In 2016/17 we introduced CCTV cameras at a number of locations to deter poor driving and
to take enforcement measures when it is captured. The sites that were chosen for the
installation of CCTV cameras are those where poor driver behaviours can cause congestion
as this is detrimental to our Traffic Management responsibility. CCTV was also installed at
school entrances to ensure the safety of school children when entering and exiting the
Unfortunately we made a significant mistake and cancelled a number of freedom passes for our most vulnerable residents. The Council apologised unreservedly for its mistake, and we
have worked hard to improve the process for accessing freedom pass customers in the future.
We remain committed to the key priorities outlined in our Corporate Plan, the Environment
Commissioning Plan and the council’s Parking Policy.
I hope that you find this annual report informative and that it helps to demonstrate the
achievements, purpose and future direction of Parking services across Barnet.
Councillor Dean Cohen
This story was broken by the Barnet Eye on 4th April 2016. It gives me great satisfaction that my efforts as a blogger have directly resulted in the restoration of the passes and the admission by the council that they have made a "significant mistake". Having been derided for years by the various councillors in the Conservative party, referred to by Conservative MP Mike Freer as a "One Handed blogger, you know what he's doing with the other hand" whilst he was council boss, and harrassed by other Tory councillors when objecting to this, it vindicates the work I've done and that done by the other Barnet bloggers. I doubt any of us will ever get a civic award for our services,but it is justification enough to see this!