BUSI­NESSES HIT BY CAR PARK FEES

New re­stric­tions slammed as ‘dra­co­nian’ and ‘il­le­gal’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

‘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.”

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