Camden also has it’s petty parking bureaucrats

How apt we thought that this site is called Nutsville, after reading about the 8 year battle scooter owner Dr Richard Dawood has been having with the notoriously greedy Camden Council.

Dr Dawood has been parking his scooter on his own private land in Cleveland Street. This street is the boarder between Westminster and Camden, with Dr Dawood’s office being on the Camden side.

But what Cleveland Street does have in common is that both councils use the same enforcement company to issue parking tickets, NSL Services. But you may not be sure of that if you walk around Camden, as many of their wardens are wearing uniforms displaying the NCP logo, surely Camden doesn’t still have an enforcement contract with NCP does it?

Lord Justice Sedley ruled in favour of Camden Council in that they can legally trespass on to private land using a company (NSL Services) which does not even have a proper legal contract with Camden Council to fine Dr Dawood.

Dr Dawood's sign

Dr Dawood's sign

If you want to know more about this story you can either watch this clip from last nights BBC London news:

or look up some of the many articles on the web about this case.

Evening Standard

Daily Telegraph

Mail online

What we think is mad about Camdens insistence to force this case to court was their justification for issuing the fines. They said Dr Dawood’s scooter was causing an obstruction to the pavement, yet as our photos below show, there is a Camden Council waste bin stuck right on the pavement causing an obstruction. Dr Dawood’s scooter was not even parked on the pavement, it was on his own land up against his office wall.

If you walk a little way down Cleveland Street you will see on the Westminster side of the street various bikes parked on little areas of what might be considered the pavement.

Bike parked on Westminster Side of Cleveland Street

Bike parked on Westminster Side of Cleveland Street

We suspect this is Camden Council preparing the way to force all the scooters and motorcycles in to their official on street bike bays so they can introduce parking charges, much the same way Westminster is trying too. As you can see there are still pockets where bikers can find a space to park without being given a ticket, but after this ruling we bet it won’t be long before Westminster’s Kevin Goad issues instructions to squeeze more revenue from the streets by ticketing bikes absolutely everywhere.

View from Dr Dawood doorway where he parked his scooter

View from Dr Dawood doorway where he parked his scooter

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13 Comments

MrCDecember 2nd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Dr Richard Dawood should corden the area off with posts and a chain so that it is crearly not the road. Allso join NoToBikePArkingFees.com to stop all councils looking on motorbikes as an increasing number of cash cows.

RebbecaDecember 2nd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

It’s crazy that the London Borough of Camden is issuing the doctor’s moped with parking tickets simply because he has been kind enough to let the public use his land to walk on. The pavement is very small so if the doc puts up a fence it will make life difficult for pedestrians to pass each other (especially disable people and parents with pushchairs), but Camden Council has left him with little choice. I can see property owners all around Camden (and other London boroughs) fencing their land off now. Well done Camden, that’s really what we need on our narrow streets!

Alasdair Seton-MarsdenDecember 2nd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

It is time that local residents and rate payers started to control their councils and put a stop to their theiving petty bureaucracy. They need to begin to understand that they are there to serve us and not to harass us.

Before anyone votes for either a local councillor or an M.P. they should ask exactly where they stand on the issue of decriminalised parking. We need our elected representatives to start to actually listen to the electorate before all decent law abiding citizens leave the country switching the lights out as they go.

Big DaveDecember 3rd, 2009 at 1:53 am

surely to ticket the bike the warden has trespassed on his land?

Also if he has to put up a fence of somesort it’s going to make getting the bike in and out much harder probably requireing a gate and the whole process of getting in and out will then require him to actually create and obstruction of the public foot path everytime he arrives or departs and so Camdens actions will result in the very problem they say they are tring to prevent.

I don’t live in Camden but my drive is only JUST big enough for the car to fit on and the bike has to go on the road, as such if I have to gate it, the gate when open will obstuct the footpath, is this what Camden wants to happen on it’s street? A gauntlet of gates forceing pedestrians into the road to correct a problem that didn’t exist before tried to solve it!

CMCerDecember 3rd, 2009 at 11:21 am

The Doctor should put up posts (big enough to get a scoot through) and force Camden to widen the footpath. Another blow to common sense and a resounding win for money grabbing petty bureaucrats.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Camden were asked to do this by Westminster so that they could both ‘benefit’ from trespassing to paste tickets on out of the way machines. Westminster is up to it’s neck in PR shite at the moment, Camden could take the heat for a while.

MrCDecember 3rd, 2009 at 11:37 am

Just thought if he can’t put posts in then plant pots with a chain between them should do the job.

The Man With A PlanDecember 3rd, 2009 at 12:22 pm

What really gets me is the stupidity of all this. Surely it’s better that the land is open to the public with a scooter parked there rather than closed off to the public completely. If you look at the last photo, you can see where the private land stops and the pavement begins. Imagine if the doctor installed railings, the pavement would be very narrow making life difficult for pedestrians. It’s in Camden Councils interest to have a wider pavement, so why are they rocking the boat? If anything, they should be thanking him for providing a wider pavement (at no cost to the taxpayer) for all those years!

Alasdair Seton-MarsdenDecember 3rd, 2009 at 12:26 pm

CMCer regarding your comments about Westminster wanting to do this, I have some rather bad news for you………. they already are. May I suggest that you read their published guide titled ‘Park Right – Your Guide to Parking in Westminster 2009/10′. On page 28, under Footway Parking it says the following:

“Where is it enforced?
Footway parking is enforced on pavements. pavement lights and vehicle crossovers, EVEN WHERE THE LAND MAY BE PRIVATELY OWNED.”

So I am afraid that Westminster and their NSL wardens already feel able to trespass onto private land in order to harass the citizenry and raise yet more parking tax.

1FrogDecember 3rd, 2009 at 11:50 pm

This is INSANE !
How much longer are the british poeple going to let the councils kick them around ?

Dr TrustmeDecember 4th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

In order to ‘drive’ onto his own land across the pavement, wouldn’t the Doctor require a dropped kerb?

Private land does not appear to be private property in this instance. I feel that this case should be appealed to the Court of Justice.

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Boo BooDecember 7th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Very simple solution.

A sign stating pedestrians have no right of way (Under the Road Traffic Act 1981) is enough since then the council cannot claim “aquired right of way” of the pedestrians. Technically, any sign on private property clearly stating that it is not right of way of pedestrians is enough to allow parking of vehicles in the private area that has no physical boundaries and shares level with the pavement.

WilliamDecember 8th, 2009 at 11:02 am

Don’t forget that there is a sign on his private property (pictured above) stating that:

“This forecourt is private property and
is not dedicated as a public footway.
AUTHORISED PARKING ONLY.”

But Camden Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s – traffic wardens) still issued his scooter with Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s).

BruceJuly 10th, 2010 at 8:51 am

What a shame man traps are illegal! Can he legally charge a toll for crossing his land and issue the council’s CEO’s fees? Now THAT would be justice :-)

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