We have two important pieces of news to report.
Date of Court hearing: Wednesday 8th February 2012
There will be a vital court hearing in the legal action against Barnet Council on Wednesday 8th February. We will be asking the High Court to give David Attfield permission to take his claim against Barnet to trial. We must win this hearing if the action is to proceed.
The hearing will be at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2 and David will be represented by Martin Westgate QC. This is a public hearing and we hope that as many of you as possible will wish to attend in order to convey to the judge what the strength of feeling is. Unfortunately we won't know the time of the hearing until the day before. It is likely to last 1.5 to 2 hours. If you are interested in attending, please email us at email@example.com and we will let you know the time as soon as it is known.
CPZ charges are to increase again!
Barnet are planning to increase the cost of a resident's permit to £105 (up from £100). Visitor vouchers will soon cost £50 for 12 (meaning each voucher will cost an absolutely absurd £4.17!). Other CPZ charges are also increasing: A permit for a second car will cost £130. Pity anyone who needs a three month temporary permit which will now cost £252! If you need a parking suspension outside your home, the cost will be an eye watering £63 per space per day.
You can let the council know what you think of these proposals by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do this as soon as possible as the consultation about these increases ends on 20 January. Full details of the consultation can be found at this link (the new CPZ charges are on page 9 of the last attachment): http://engage.barnet.gov.uk/environment-and-operations/epr_feesandcharges2
You may also want to put your views direct to the people who really matter: You can email Councillor Brian Coleman (the cabinet member putting forward these proposals) at email@example.com. The email address of the council leader (Richard Cornelius) is firstname.lastname@example.org
You could also tell your MP about how you are being treated by the council.
Mike Freer MP: email@example.com
Theresa Villiers MP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, email addresses for all Barnet Councillors can be found here: http://committeepapers.barnet.gov.uk/democracy/council/listcouncillorname.asp?intSubSectionID=13&intSectionID=9