WCC Parking Services, Firm, Fraud and Extortion
‘Firm, fair and excellent’ has long been the mantra of Westminster City Councils parking services department headed by council officer Kevin Goad. Whenever they get caught with their pants down, as they so often do, they add those three words to any media sound bite. But does anybody still believe that crap, perhaps after reading this you may not either. Because for at least a year Westminster City Council have been operating a motorist honey trap at Gerrard Place W1 in the heart of Westminster’s China Town. Although really the term ‘honey trap’ is not the best way to describe what’s going on here. No a better choice of words would be unjust enrichment, as Westminster City Council are gaining financial benefit from illegal issuing penalty charge notices. As we will demonstrate Kevin Goad, Assistant Director, Westminster Parking Services has known what’s going on, yet he carries on perpetuating this fraud on the public, and no doubt was quite happy to take an inflated bonus this year for doing so.
Let us paint the picture, Gerrard Place is a two way street leading off Shaftesbury Avenue which is also two way. Gerrard Place is right in the heart of China Town, Theatre Land and just spitting distance from Soho and Piccadilly Circus. Even though it’s a dead end street it is extremely busy every day of the week, because at the end of this street is the Westminster City Council operated China Town car park.
At the only entrance and exit to Gerrard Place which leads back out on to Shaftesbury Avenue the council have placed one no right turn sign on the left. The photo below is from Google Street View taken last summer, photos later in this post show there is still only one no right turn sign.
You might think that the single white ahead arrow painted on the road a bit confusing, but that isn’t our point. Our point is that in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (TSRGD) it clearly states that a no right turn sign must be placed on both sides of the road, if the road is more than 5 metres wide.
Still doubt us, time to get the old tape measure out then.
So if your a motorist and you make the mistake of deciding to spend your money in Westminster, you try to do the right thing by paying the council to park in their own car park, thinking you’re safe from malicious PCN fines perhaps. No, Kevin Goad wants to squeeze a lot more money from you. So almost every single day of the week he places a Westminster operated Scamera van in Gerrard Place. Last Sunday we asked a local resident if he wouldn’t mind going to Gerrard Place on what we thought would be an off chance of finding Westminster’s Scamera van there. This is what he sent us.
The van which is operated by the two fellows below is coining it in. Our Westminster resident who was there for less than 30 minutes on a Sunday, saw no less than six vehicles make a right turn.
One of our readers was caught by this Scamera Van in the beginning of this year. It’s not difficult to see why motorists miss the single no right turn sign, as there’s always people crossing in the middle of the traffic, and delivery vehicles obliterating the single sign.
So our unlucky reader sent in an appeal to Westminster Parking services, not only pointing out that the junction should have two ‘no right turn’ signs, but also, as it was a controlled parking zone (CPZ) there needed to be a CCTV warning sign beneath every CPZ sign (something at the time the council also neglected to do properly).
But instead of experiencing Westminster City Council parking services firm, fair and excellent customers services, he received a letter back from fraudster Kevin Goad trying to conceal Westminster’s thieving behaviour. Yes Goad did quote the 1994 TSRGD, but he willfully left out the important part explaining that a road such as Gerrard Place (over 5 metres wide) must have two and not one ‘no right turn’ signs. He couldn’t have missed it, as it was the next line down in the TSRGD. This fraudulent behaviour has become the norm at Westminster City Council, as they have lost sight of being honest and fair with the thousands of motorist visiting Westminster each day. As we have said before, it’s all about the money, your money.
But our intrepid reader was not going to be put off with con man Goad’s lies, and put his appeal to PATAS. But of course, just before the appeal day at PATAS Kevin Goad pulled out offering no defence. He knew that the Gerrard Place fraud was too lucrative a hustle to give up. After all if it had gone all the way to PATAS the council stood to end up having to pay back all the money Westminster City Council have stolen from innocent Londoners and visitors. This dishonest trick of hoping the public will not have the time to go to PATAS and just give up and pay has to stop now. Kevin Goad you know full well this is going on everyday you are responsible.
So as David Cameron has said, ‘let sunshine be the disinfectant’, we have let the sunshine in on this big fraud against the public. If there is any justice, the police need to get involved and find out just why Westminster’s Parking Services are pulling off one of the nastiest frauds against the motorist, as there will be many other scams just like this going on at City Hall.
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If you would like to email his boss, Cllr Danny Chalkley:
We leave you with a few more photos taken in the short time our resident was there with a camera, to leave you in no doubt how much Westminster are stealing from the public.
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