Conservative East Barnet councillors fail to stand by parking pledge

East Barnet councillors who promised to “do everything in their power” to stop new car parking charges failed to vote against the plans tonight.

The ward representatives gave their full support last month to traders angered at plans to introduce the payments to the Church Hill Road car park.

Yet at a full council meeting tonight, the politicians failed to stand by their pledge and opted not to vote in favour of a motion to scrap the plans.

Conservative councillors Robert Rams and Joanna Tambourides ducked out of the council chamber moments before the ballot was taken, while Barry Evangeli abstained from the vote.

The motion was eventually rejected with 23 votes in favour and 30 against, though seven councillors were absent and one, Cllr Evangeli, abstained.

The trio’s lack of action comes weeks after they pledged to fight tooth and nail for traders in front of a packed East Barnet Residents’ Association meeting.

Speaking at the meeting on March 20, Cllr Rams told the 100-strong audience he felt “confident” he would get the plans withdrawn and asked the group to “judge me on my results”.

All three councillors declined to offer a comment at the end of tonight’s meeting, though Cllr Rams said he would provide a response tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

Opposition councillor Kath McGuirk drew up tonight’s motion, calling on members to withdraw wider plans to bring in payments to the borough's seven remaining free car parks.

Barnet Council is currently consulting on the proposals, which were refused by the cabinet in 2001.

The plans were put together by cabinet member for environment councillor Brian Coleman who said tonight it was unfair for the council to run a policy where some car parks charged and others did not.

Opponents argue the fact the charges were included in the council budget, approved last month, means a decision has already been made.

Cllr Coleman’s comments this evening will have done little to alleviate those fears, but the Tory politician said he planned to listen to residents.

He said: “I believe in consultation and I listen to those who contact me. You can’t have one rule for some and one rule for others. We’re out to consultation on the whole charging regime to maximise benefits to traders and residents.”

Adressing the chamber, Cllr McGuirk said: “These plans should be shelved. This has been the longest running saga in this borough and no-one on this Conservative group seems to listen.

“The reality is you’re not interested what the people of Barnet say. You all voted for these charges, it is in your budget. Now you look to consult on them because it is getting a bit lairy. You’re running scared – if you believe in the people of this borough, drop these charges now.”

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11:27pm Tue 17 Apr 12

golders green spokesman says...

the Conservative NO they have lost the next elections in two years all they are doing now is putting the final nails on there coffins
the Conservative NO they have lost the next elections in two years all they are doing now is putting the final nails on there coffins golders green spokesman
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11:27pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Mr Worried says...

Feet of clay. I'm sure the the voters of East Barnet and Brunswick Park won't have a problem in voting the correct way at the next local elections....
Whatever happened to the ideal of serving the people who elected them?
Feet of clay. I'm sure the the voters of East Barnet and Brunswick Park won't have a problem in voting the correct way at the next local elections.... Whatever happened to the ideal of serving the people who elected them? Mr Worried
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12:19am Wed 18 Apr 12

Don't Call Me Dave says...

Cllrs Tambourides and Rams are frit!
Cllrs Tambourides and Rams are frit! Don't Call Me Dave
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8:56am Wed 18 Apr 12

BarnetTrader says...

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!

Oh, yes you can!

As I have posted before: "This is one of life's new conundrums, that people in a position to remove a vile wrecker like Coleman don't do it. Instead they vote his policies through and sh*t on their own door steps. Same sort of thing happened when Hitler came to power..."

So Rams et al have openly LIED to the public and local businesses - there is absolutely no credibility left in this administration.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT! Oh, yes you can! As I have posted before: "This is one of life's new conundrums, that people in a position to remove a vile wrecker like Coleman don't do it. Instead they vote his policies through and sh*t on their own door steps. Same sort of thing happened when Hitler came to power..." So Rams et al have openly LIED to the public and local businesses - there is absolutely no credibility left in this administration. BarnetTrader
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12:56am Thu 19 Apr 12

Caro1000 says...

I'm speechless! I sincerely hope they are digging their own graves deep enough. The above comment say it all.
I'm speechless! I sincerely hope they are digging their own graves deep enough. The above comment say it all. Caro1000
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8:21am Thu 19 Apr 12

Barnet Parker says...

Barnet Tory concillors might listen but they don't seem to do a lot of hearing.

I have listened and heard Friern Barnet Library campaigners and from what I gather E.Barnet residents should not have been surprised by Rams actions. You all know what to do now at the next local elections.

What's that hissing sound. Is it an unpromising political career deflating?
Barnet Tory concillors might listen but they don't seem to do a lot of hearing. I have listened and heard Friern Barnet Library campaigners and from what I gather E.Barnet residents should not have been surprised by Rams actions. You all know what to do now at the next local elections. What's that hissing sound. Is it an unpromising political career deflating? Barnet Parker
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12:04am Fri 20 Apr 12

Rog T says...

When Councillor Kate Salinger abstained in the expenses vote, she was stripped of all positions of infuence and ritually humiliated. It seems the same rule is not being applied here? I wonder why?
When Councillor Kate Salinger abstained in the expenses vote, she was stripped of all positions of infuence and ritually humiliated. It seems the same rule is not being applied here? I wonder why? Rog T
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10:22pm Fri 20 Apr 12

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

Kate made the mistake of being courageous, and following her conscience, but doing so in front of everyone, rather than running out of the council chamber like a bunch of cowards.
Kate made the mistake of being courageous, and following her conscience, but doing so in front of everyone, rather than running out of the council chamber like a bunch of cowards. Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
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5:32pm Sat 21 Apr 12

BarnetTrader says...

I firmly believe that 'what goes around comes around' and that courage will win. Kate Salinger will have her day!

What goes around the bushes at midnight on Hampstead Heath is another matter ...
I firmly believe that 'what goes around comes around' and that courage will win. Kate Salinger will have her day! What goes around the bushes at midnight on Hampstead Heath is another matter ... BarnetTrader
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