May 23 2013 Latest news:
by Lisa Kashinsky
Friday, April 13, 2012
Drivers were left high and dry when cars were ticketed after a red tape bungle by Thames Water officials.
Parking wardens in Weston Park, Crouch End, slapped tickets on 10 cars parked in bays that had been suspended for water mains repairs.
But when Thames Water was unable to go ahead with the work, they forgot to tell Haringey Council’s parking team.
It was left to independent councillor Lyn Weber to unravel the mess. She discovered that while Haringey’s parking team gave Thames Water the go-ahead for the suspension, its traffic management team refused them a permit to carry out work.
Thames Water has admitted failing to tell the parking department to scrap the five-day suspension, and Haringey Council will reimburse all 10 tickets.
Driver Sheila Petrie said: “I didn’t notice that there was a sign saying this parking area is canceled. Of course I got a ticket. Then I noticed that no-one from Thames Water had worked.”
She added: “The suspension was a terrible mistake. It’s goodwill on the part of Haringey Council to compensate us for Thames Water’s mistake.”
A Thames Water spokesman said: “This was our mistake and we are sorry.”