Update: 4 October 2013
Progress towards sorting out the costs of the legal action is, unfortunately, very slow.
Although Barnet Council has been ordered to pay the costs of the legal action, this may take months to resolve. This is because the losing party in litigation (in this case Barnet) invariably wants to scrutinise the legal costs of the winning party (David Attfield) carefully, and may want to challenge aspects of the legal bill. If the amount to be paid cannot be agreed, this will have to be referred to a specialist costs judge to resolve.
We are of course committed to repaying as much of the donated money as we can but are unable to do so until we receive from Barnet the money we have had to pay out (in particular the cost of the premium of the legal costs insurance we took out which is how most of the donated money was spent).
The delay in sorting out how much of the donated money can be returned is frustrating but please bear with us.
Also, a reminder: Barnet Council will not be contacting households who are entitled to be refunded the amount that they have been over-charged for parking permits and visitor vouchers over the past couple of years. You have to apply to the council for a refund.
Here is what you need to know:
What can be reclaimed?
Only the additional cost to the price of residents's parking permits and visitor vouchers can be reclaimed. So, if you purchased 10 visitor vouchers at £4 each, you can claim £30 since you should have been charged £1 for each voucher or £10 in total.
If you have paid £100 for your parking permit in 2011 and in 2012, then you can claim £120 since you should have been charged only £40 in each of 2011 and 2012.
How do I claim?
You should fill out an e-form on Barnet Council’s website, providing details of your name, telephone number, address, permit ID, if they have it, and car registration number.
Alternatively, you can email the council at CPZParkingRefunds@barnet.gov.uk.
Or write to Parking Team, CPZ Parking Refunds, London Borough of Barnet, Building 4, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP.
This link will take you to the Council's website where you can access the e-form. http://www.barnet.gov.uk/news/article/345/statement_on_cpz_legal_challenge