The hearing was before Mrs Justice Lang who appeared fully engaged with the case. In summary, our argument was:
- The CPZ increases were motivated purely by Barnet's desire to generate more income which it could spend on transport projects, primarily paying for concessionary fares.
- This is shown in numerous council documents. Indeed, Barnet do not deny that this is what they were doing.
- We say that this is unlawful and that the legislation that allows councils to charge for parking was never intended to be used by councils simply to maximise profits.
- Our interpretation, we say, is supported by two earlier legal cases: In both, the court held that councils needed to have a genuine reason for imposing charges, such as the need to control demand for parking.
- But Barnet say that a need to raise money in hard times is in itself a genuine, lawful reason.
The Ham & High newspaper have also published a report about the hearing.
Mrs Justice Lang is expected to deliver her judgment in the next couple of weeks.