Brian Coleman loses Barnet Council cabinet job as parking row continues

10:16 11 May 2012

Brian Coleman has lost his post as environment chief on Barnet Council

Brian Coleman has lost his post as environment chief on Barnet Council

Archant

The move could signal a change in Barnet’s controversial parking policy

Defeated Conservative London Assembly member Brian Coleman was ditched as Barnet Council’s environment chief last night (Thursday, May 10).

Cllr Coleman was one of the highest profile political scalps claimed in the London Assembly elections last week, a defeat largely blamed on the controversial parking reforms he steered through on Barnet Council.

The move to oust him from the cabinet is a further blow to the Totteridge councillor, who has also been stripped of his role as chairman of the London Fire Authority after losing his London Assembly seat last week.

Golders Green Cllr Dean Cohen was appointed to take over the cabinet environment portfolio and Cllr Coleman is now chairman of the budget and performance overview and scrutiny committee.

Cllr Cohen has been a critic of the controversial parking reforms, under which all pay and display parking meters have been scrapped and replaced by a new pay by phone system, and significant price increases have been introduced.

His appointment is likely to signal a departure on the policy.

A Conservative source told the Ham&High: “The council has to be a listening council. We have heard the message and I would be surprised if there weren’t some announcements concerning parking.”

The stripping of his posts has left Cllr Coleman, who once earned £120,000 a year, will a shrunken pay packet of £14,000.

Cllr Coleman was unavailable for comment.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London politics news

Thursday, September 3, 2015
A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized. Picture: AP Photo/DHA/PA Images

A tweet from the account of UKIP candidate Peter Bucklitsch caused outrage today by stating Aylan Kurdi ‘died because his parents were greedy for the good life in Europe’.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Sian Berry, who also stood as the Green Party London Mayoral candidate in 2008, has been chosen as the Green's 2016 candidate (Picture: PA Images)

Transport campaigner and arts-loving councillor Sian Berry has been selected as the Green Party candidate for London Mayor in 2016.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
A naval vessel outside the ExCeL exhibition centre at an earlier Defence and Security Exhibition in 2011.  Other exhibits included an F16 fighter jet (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

One of the world’s biggest arms fairs is coming to the ExCel centre in east London later this month, and more than 1,000 protestors are already planning to oppose it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The eponymous craft beer is not always brewed in the capital (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If there’s two things London foodies are obsessed with, it’s craft beer and local products, so it’s a surprise to learn that a drink that is named after London and boasts of being “the quintessential English lager” is sometimes brewed in Europe.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
How should the next generation of Boris bikes look? (Photo by Steve Bardens/ Getty Images for Santander)

Santander Boris bikes as we know them could be a thing of the past after TfL issued a tender for their redesign.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
New Fathers 4 Justice campaigners altered this local council anti- domestic violence poster in Greenwich Station (Picture: New Fathers 4 Justice)

An anti-domestic violence poster has angered fathers campaign groups and today two activists were ‘removed’ by police from a south-east London train station for defacing the council missive.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Read more
Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more