Search

Street takeover by filming crews in Homerton drives residents’ to the edge

12:00 19 May 2014

Mark Mullen complains about the parking suspension at Belsham Street due to filming.

Mark Mullen complains about the parking suspension at Belsham Street due to filming.

Archant

Residents have complained that film crews are taking over the parking bays which they have paid for.

Council notifies resident of parking suspensions on May 11Council notifies resident of parking suspensions on May 11

People who live Belsham Street, Homerton, are in uproar that production companies which shoot at two private studios nearby are parking their vehicles, toilets and equipment in the residents’ bays.

Mark Mullen said: “We pay £112 per year for residential parking. So far this year, we have lost 10 to 12 days because the council rents out the bays to film studios. I have to find somewhere else to park. I think it’s disgusting.

Unreasonable

“The film crews park on double yellow lines without any penalty. If I park on a double yellow line I would get towed away.

“Hackney are using parking as a cash cow and residents are getting their backsides smacked.”

Set designer and neighbour Janet Bird, 40, said: “The council will give film crews resident parking permits. The crews will fill up the streets.

“Between that and the builders you can’t park for love nor money. They start so early. You can hear people outside from 7am.

“They are treating it more like a studio than a residential location.”

Ben Barfoot, 36, added: “This street is being treated as a set. You walk out your door and you have a workforce. You have to move your car and there are toilets outside your window. The parking bay you pay for is given to someone else. It’s a bit unreasonable. There are no benefits to us at all. It’s a hindrance.”

Resident Joe McCarthy, 42, said: “It’s very annoying. They park in more places than they should and Hackney Council are not monitoring it. People should take taxis to the shoot rather than taking over the street.”

Film companies pay £23 for each bay they use per job. Hackney Council maintained it primarily suspended pay and display bays and - on rare occasions - residents’ bays.

A spokesman said: “Hackney is an increasingly popular destination for film crews, and the industry brings a significant amount of business to the borough.

“The role of the film office is to manage this increase and try to strike a balance between the needs of all of those who live and work in Hackney.”

Emma Plimmer, director of JK Gallery in Belsham Street, said: “As far as I know there are three studios on the street. We have been here for 15 years and have an established business.

“I think the main problem is that a building site is taking up a heap of parking on the U-bend which has exacerbated the parking situation. We only allow three vehicles to park. Toilets are not allowed on the road. It’s very hard to manage compensation.”

Latest Hackney News Stories

Friday, May 27, 2016
Middleton Road at 8.30am during rush hour

Hackney Council looks set to scrap controversial plans to shut off 13 roads in London Fields to through traffic, after a report found “a high level of opposition from those who would be affected”.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Clive Watt

A thief who launched a “callous and cowardly attack”, stealing the purse of a 92-year-old woman as she tried to board a bus and leaving her traumatised to this day, has been jailed.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Youngsters at a workshop at the Geffrye Museum

Free summer half-term holiday activities for two to 16 year olds are being held at the Geffrye Museum next week for half term, inspired by the current exhibition about servants in households.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Traveller caravans at the beginning of the century

A lively Irish dance workshop, a fun-filled Gypsy sing along and walking treasure hunt tours of Hackney are just a handful of the free events laid on for June to celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Pupils from Jubilee Primary school on a visit to the Woodberry Wetlands and being shown around by Hamish Burnett from the London Wildlife Trust

Youngsters overcame their “suspicion” of mini-beasts and discovered a menagerie of wildlife lurking under the water in ponds, on a day to get them back in touch with nature.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and recovered firearms

An armed police operation is being launched to tackle London’s gun crime in areas like the East End with the highest levels of firearms being used by gangs.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
The trophies presented for the Civic Awards. Photo Gary Manhine

Five community stalwarts who help make Hackney a better place to live were honoured at a first-of-its-kind Town Hall ceremony last night.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Caught on camera: Rats at the water feature in Butterfield Green

Youngsters are paddling in and even drinking water that is “literally crawling with rats” at a play area in Stoke Newington, parents have warned.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hackney Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe