AskBoA: Station car park Fines – what do you think?
30th September 2014.
I was fined £25.00 for parking on a free parking Sunday ‘beyond the Bay markings’ laid out at the station car park Bradford on Avon.
5 other vehicles also had fines placed on their windscreens.
As the car park was full except for some spaces along the end of the row of cars leading to the woodland park walkway.
Vehicles opposite had plenty of space to reverse out.
I had gone round the park twice looking for a spot until I saw a car leave at the far end where I parked.
As the lane markings were absent at the far end it is unclear to myself and obviously the other drivers who had similar notices placed, where parking areas are.
Whilst I agree parking in a pretty town draws in excess traffic, this area should be more clearly defined. By painting a white or yellow criss-cross grid in that the area, would make it unmistakable and not be confusing to visitors.
Nor should they be lured into a trap set by the car park and penalised in what obviously brings in a bit of income into the council coffers every week by unwary victims who cannot park anywhere else.
I feel it is not in the best interests in the council to fine visitors who arrive in this most beautiful town only to find they have to pay a fine from a parking spot that could hold extra vehicles with adequate space for other vehicles to manoeuvre.
I asked how many fines where made each week at this very trap and was unanswered. I estimated maybe 10 a day per weekend and five per day each weekday day at £25 and the council can rake in a tidy £1,125 per week in the summer season.
I was also left unanswered how many complaints had gone in as I have no way of knowing, but I bet it left a few disgruntled visitors who would be very wary of a council ‘where everybody matters’.
I can only see this practice continuing until this robbery is stopped, so in a bid of fairness to future visitors I suggest the painting out of these areas at the narrowing of the car park.
As the parking services are hiding behind their own enforcement, it is up to the council to look again at this nasty little car trap and do away with this unfairness.
I paid the parking charge and would be glad to see it spent on a new pot of paint.
Please leave a comment with your thoughts