Monday, 20 November 2017 19:41

High Barnet’s ever-expanding CPZ

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Roads outlined in red will be included in the new Barnet Hospital CPZ. Roads in the existing High Barnet CPZ are hatched in green. Roads outlined in red will be included in the new Barnet Hospital CPZ. Roads in the existing High Barnet CPZ are hatched in green.
An extension of the High Barnet controlled parking zone to impose restrictions on roads around Barnet Hospital has produced a furious response from adjoining streets that fear they will now have to accommodate many more parked cars and vans.

Residents have until Friday 24 November to comment on the plans for the enlarged CPZ, and also to give their reaction to a series of new waiting restrictions.

Many householders in roads on the edge of the new zone are now rethinking their previous opposition to parking restrictions and say they realise they will be inundated with parked vehicles as hospital patients and visitors move further afield to find a space.

They are proposing to object to the new CPZ because of the impact it would have on their neighbourhoods.

As a result, many intend to urge Barnet Council to hold a fresh round of consultation as they believe more residents now accept that there is now no alternative but to become part of the CPZ.

A vote was held early in 2016 in a wide swathe of rounds to the west of High Barnet, around the hospital and on both sides of Wood Street, as far as Quinta Drive and Galley Lane.

A detailed scheme has now been approved for those roads where the residents reported they had trouble finding parking spaces and favoured restrictions.
The roads to be included in the extended CPZ are:

  • Argyle Road
  • Garthland Drive
  • Granville Road
  • Elmbank Avenue
  • Lexington Way
  • Lingholm Way
  • Sutton Crescent
  • Wellhouse Lane (lower end)
  • Wellside Close
  • Vyse Close

Residents in three of the roads that rejected joining the CPZ – Kings Road, Cavendish Road and Grimsdyke Crescent – are now preparing letters to be sent to the council outlining their objections and asking for a fresh round of consultations as they believe there is now a majority in their roads for accepting the much larger CPZ as originally proposed in early 2016.

One of the residents organising on behalf of householders in Kings, Cavendish and Grimsdyke, told the Barnet Society that the situation had changed dramatically over the last eighteen months.

They were finding there was an ever-expanding demand for parking spaces for hospital patients and visitors who were either not prepared to pay or could not find room in the hospital car parks.

“We now realise there will also be added pressure for more spaces from people moving into the 114 new homes on the Elmbank estate, and the proposed housing development at Whalebones, so the problem of uncontrolled street parking has to be addressed.”

In conjunction with the CPZ extension there will be waiting restrictions on lengths of Wellside Close, Galley Lane, Barnet Road, Elmbank Avenue, Well Approach and Trinder Road and similar yellow-line waiting restrictions around the junctions of numerous roads within and around the enlarged CPZ.

The CPZ and waiting restrictions will be enforced from 8am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and the charges for parking permits will range from £45 to £85 depending on engine capacity and emissions levels, with a £10 surcharge for diesel and an extra £10 for each additional vehicle.

Further information about the CPZ extension can be found at www.engage.barnet.gov.uk or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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11 comments

  • Comment Link Monday, 20 November 2017 21:25 posted by Fiona Jennings

    As a family member in Pepys crescent I find the whole thing a disgrace. We cannot park as more hospital staff/visitors are parking here and even on the grass verges turning it to mud!
    But the council just just put more Parking controls in place.
    Why the hell should residents/visitors have to pay to visit/care for family members when the issue is clearly the charge of parking at the hospital.
    (Finchley memorial is free for 3 hours.)
    There is also waste land at the top of Wellhouse that could of been car parking for the past 8+ yrs for the staff as many don’t have staff permits and so park in our streets.
    Why oh why do the council keep allowing more housing without the infrastructure and especially car parking.

    At least have controlled parking that states no parking between 10-12 and 2-3pm Mon to Fri. To give residents a chance!!
    RANT over!

  • Comment Link Monday, 20 November 2017 21:27 posted by Fiona Jennings

    Out of interest.. do we know how many parking spaces Barnet has for visitors and how many for staff?

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 19 December 2017 19:55 posted by Wendy Marler

    We live in Kings Road. We don’t understand why Kings Road has been left out of the CPZ. We will be most affected because of the proximity of the new housing estate, the bus stop, the pub, QENoys, the hospital and the waiting Mini cab drivers. We will be left with cars cruising down the road looking for spaces.

    We have never received any consultation letters and we have lived here for over thirty years.

  • Comment Link Saturday, 17 March 2018 16:43 posted by P Fleming

    The proposed extension of CPZ around Barnet Hospital will impact hospital staff who park within the area (my wife amongst them) The staff can pay to park however it is not guaranteed a place and the price is excessive. No one wants to park in the roads around Barnet however that is their only option. With the extension of CPZ more staff are considering moving to other hospitals closer to home thus losing BH of its trained personnel and making it more difficult to recruit replacements.

  • Comment Link Friday, 16 November 2018 07:50 posted by Erdem Ozgul

    This is a warning for everybody visiting Barnet Hospital not to park in Wellside Close which is near the hospital Accident & Emergency department. Barnet Council have placed the controlled parking signs at the very beginning of Wellside Close on two posts. It is very easy to miss these signs and there are no white lines or other controlled parking signs in Wellside Close. I have witnessed many vehicles each day being issued with parking tickets for this reason.

    It appears that the residents of Wellside Close have petitioned Barnet Council for improved signage, including white lines, making it clear that drivers without valid permits should not park in Wellside Close. The petition can be seen via the link below:

    https://tinyurl.com/yap2xyto

    Please be careful not to pick up an unnecessary parking ticket.

  • Comment Link Sunday, 02 December 2018 08:45 posted by A nurse

    Thank you to all the selfish bastards that have put parking restrictions around the hospital. I will now have to walk miles in the cold, rain and snow over slippery leaves to get to my job at the hospital. I used to park in Kings Road, but now don't know where I can go, and I can't afford to pay for parking on my meagre salary. I pay road tax to be able to use the roads, so what makes you think you have the right to deny me my entitlement? It may be a slight inconvenience for you, but it is a massive one for me, and I am borderline on finding another job elsewhere as it is. Did your parents not teach you about sharing when you were children? Most of you have your own driveways to park in, and the valuable parking spaces will now lie empty and wasted. I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

  • Comment Link Sunday, 02 December 2018 12:28 posted by J.Brown

    Since the new CPZ restrictions have been put inton place , the lower part of Bells Hill has become an obstacle course.
    People parking on opposite sides of the road making it almost impossible to negotiate the bottom end of the Road.
    I can see a time when emergency services will not be able to get through.
    I really am finding it hard to understand what the CPZ has achieved.
    Just seems to have made the situation worse rather than better.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 06 December 2018 10:47 posted by Barnet Resident

    In view of the recent tragic event on Bells Hill , should it not be considered that the Street Lighting in Barnet is returned to full output.
    Cannot help but think it is necessary during the Winter months and would also be a deterrent for opportunistic burglary.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 06 December 2018 19:01 posted by Wellside Close

    Information released under a Freedom of Information request shows that 151 Penalty Charge Notices were issued in October 2018 in Wellside Close (near Barnet Hospital).

    In October 2017, when the CPZ was not in place, just 10 Penalty Charge Notices were issued in Wellside Close.

    At £55 per PCN, that is £8,305 made by Barnet Council in October 2018 compared to £550 in October 2017.

    As mentioned in one of the posts above, Wellside Close has no white lines (parking bays) painted. If you miss the signs at the beginning of the road and park your car, you risk a PCN.

    Hope this helps answer what the CPZ has achieved.

  • Comment Link Friday, 07 December 2018 18:02 posted by J Salter

    I have been in touch with Barnet Council this week 're the street lighting which I think should be returned to full output. They seem to think it adequate but say they will look into it. I think it is dangerous for people on crossings in dark clothes and the pavements are a mugger and burglars paradise

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 11 December 2018 21:38 posted by Kate Famuyiwa

    I was issued a penalty charge notice today on Wellside Close, Barnet . This occured because there were no visible controlled parking zone signs and no white lines were painted on the roads to indicate controlled parking zone.
    I will like to urge the coouncil to provide visible controlled parking signs on this road as soon as possible. This is misleading people and it's not fair.

    Kind regards
    Kate Famuyiwa

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