London Evening Standard)
- JONATHAN MITCHELL
- 17 hours ago
The People Parking Bay while set up in London Fields last month Brenda Puech
A green campaigner who turned a parking space into a garden has won her latest battle with a London council.
Brenda Puech began setting up her People Parking Bay in different locations in Hackney over a month ago, complete with a fake lawn and garden furniture.
The gardens proved a huge hit among locals, but Hackney Council has removed the makeshift bay due to complaints from drivers.
After a month-long row with the 54-year-old, the council has now agreed to meet with Ms Puech next week to “come up with a solution that works for everyone”.
A spokesman told the Standard officials have agreed not to remove her existing installation in the parking bay while they discuss plans for the “parkets”.
Ms Puech, who campaigns or walking charity Living Streets, said the latest development was “fantastic”, but vowed to continue to campaign for more parklets across the borough.
She told the Standard: “I’m delighted that they’re listening, but I want to go so much further. I haven’t quite won it yet.
“Why can’t none car owners, who outnumber car owners, have something nice in their spot?
“You will get more inventive creative ideas with residents. Then you can have one on every street – that is something that we should be encouraging.”
She added: “What I’m doing is actually a community asset, people love sitting there as they pass by. They love it and the kids love it.”
The most recently transformed parking space, which was opened by GLA Assembly Member Caroline Russell, has even played host to a couple’s first date, with a pair writing in the visitor’s book: “This is the best first date spot in London”.
A petition set up calling for the parking bay to remain in place attracted over 700 signatures.