|from the Saracen Joust (may not have got this quite right)|
Yet another week passes by at PATAS. There were 860 new Appeals lodged, down below the usual 1000 because of the seasonal break. Give it two weeks and numbers will be back to normal. Of those 860, some 35 cases came from Barnet and this is the expected 4% so Barnet seems to be getting back to normal as well.
There were 64 actual hearings (there is at least a 4 week time lag between lodging an Appeal and it being decided) of which 43 went the way of the motorist. That is a 67% success rate. The council threw in the towel on 14 cases to avoid the time of preparing evidence and if they had contested them all I think the motorist would have won 58%. If the environment committee vote in favour on Tuesday, as I suspect they will, there are going to be 12 new members of staff to deal with challenges to PCN in-house, and to prepare evidence packs, so we ought to see better more consistent decisions and more Appeals being contested by the council. Motorists equally need to sharpen up their act.
The reason for my headline this week is that for the first time that I can remember there was an Appeal against an Event Day (Saracens) zone PCN by a fan of Saracens. If that person doesn't know when match days are, why are uninterested members of the public expected to? He still got his PCN cancelled as the council had produced signs for the wrong location.
There were two Regulation 10 (drive away) PCN which came in the post. In both cases the council could not show that they had started to prepare a PCN on street rather than merely observing and so both PCN were cancelled.
There were also two PCN which were cancelled on the grounds that the suspension was not properly signed.
Keep those Appeals coming.