BUSINESSES HIT BY CAR PARK FEES
New restrictions slammed as ‘draconian’ and ‘illegal’
‘DRACONIAN’ parking restrictions in Chalfont St Peter have been criticised as illegal and destroying trade in the village.
Recently installed signs in the Precinct car park – otherwise known as St Peter’s Court – have been slammed by shoppers and motorists.
But Carflow, the company that manages the signs, has hit back saying the system has been put in place ‘for the benefit of car park users’.
Villager Stella Riddell said: “I got a parking charge notice (PCN) for parking at night time in the car park. It’s not possible to read the signs in the car park at that time of night.
“Although I understand the need to stop the parking clogging up during the day, to have a charge at night is crazy.”
At a council meeting on Thursday, March 31, parish and district councillor Isobel Darby slammed the signs saying: “Their parking regime is draconian and anti-everything this village stands for.”
Councillor Tony Shinner said the charity shops in the precinct are ‘reporting a 40% reduction’ in trade.
As a private company Carflow can not issue fines but instead breaches of contract – PCNs.
Councillor Richard Allen argued the public would not be aware they were entering into anything as the signs are not easy to read. He said: “In order for them to be able to claim you have broken their contract you have to able to see that you have entered into a contract. How can you enter into a contract that you didn’t know about?”
But a Carflow company spokesperson said the signs are ‘clearly visible’ and ‘compliant’ with the British Parking Association’s Approved Operator Scheme Code of Practice, and ‘sufficient to form the basis of a contract’.
The spokesperson also said: “The car park is intended as a short stay customer only car park for people to visit St Peter’s Court to get their business done.”