Parking fines in one road top £230k
More than 4,400 tickets issued in West End street in a year
17 February, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya
WESTMINSTER’S worst parking fine hotspots are revealed today by the West End Extra.
According to figures obtained with a Freedom of Information request, 4,403 tickets were issued in Oxendon Street in the West End last year.
The street, home to the Comedy Store and Harold Pinter Theatre, near Piccadilly Circus, earned the council more than £230,000 alone. It topped the Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) league table for two years running. Streets in the Soho area including Wardour Street, Dean Street, Soho Square and Great Marlborough Street raked in more than £600,000 in fines last year.
In Mayfair, 3,408 tickets were issued in Berkeley Square and 2126 were given out in Curzon Street.
West End councillor Paul Church said: “The council takes parking enforcement in the West End very seriously indeed and protecting our residents’ parking bays from those idling and misusing them is an absolute priority”.
St John’s Wood High Street was a new addition to the top 10 most fined streets last year, with 2,379 PCNs bringing in more than £100,000. Outside of the West End, only Baker Street brought in more fines, with 3,017 tickets earning £185,793. The council earned more than £14million through enforcement in 2015/2016, but this is almost £10million less than two years ago.
The total income was £76million, which also includes paid-for parking, suspensions and more.
The council said the high levels of tickets in Oxendon Street was a result of a joint operation between the council and the police on residential bays that turn into taxi ranks at night.
“The clearly signposted dual use is not always observed,” a spokesman said. A spike in St John’s Wood High Street was the result of “driver behaviour” and that warden patrols had not increased.