Victory for Herne Hill Baker as Southwark traffic wardens have been banned from issuing tickets outside a parade of flood-hit shops in Half Moon Lane, Baker Anthony Kindred took to Twitter to complain it was making business even worse.
Herne Hill was left under a metre of water on August 7 after a pipe burst, causing £4 million of damage and forcing more than 30 businesses to close. Just nine have fully reopened and traders estimate footfall in the area is down by 25 per cent. More at ….
Anthony said parking enforcement officers were driving customers away, as well as stopping builders repairing the shops.
He tweeted: “Why does Southwark council send traffic wardens to half moon lane all day. We’re trying to recover from flooding.”
Later he added: “Traffic warden patrolling Half Moon Lane from 8.30 gonna [sic] be a busy day not, thank you Southwark”, and “another day of parking gestapo, and guess what no customers after 12 o’clock”.
Southwark Council saw the tweets and agreed not to issue any more fines in the bays until further notice.
Anthony told “The Evening Standard” “I was surprised — I was getting ready to have a right old row, but they agreed to help.”
Southwark councillor Robin Crookshank Hilton told The Standard it was a good result. “The traders need to be allowed to get on with the renovations.”
(Published 12 Oct 2013. Picture: S Badman)