HIGH PARKING FEES ARE UNFAIRLY IMPOSED
WITH reference to parking restrictions at St Peters Court in Chalfont St Peter
While I agree with them in order to prevent abuse and allow those wanting to shop the chance to park, I do not agree with the blanket fee imposed.
The ‘notice’ I received is asking for £100, discounted to £60 if paid early, for overstaying by 20 minutes.
Would I be asked to pay the same charge if I had stayed 10 minutes, or eight hours?
The car park maybe had little to no other visitors when I arrived, maybe only a quarter to a third full on leaving – so I was not preventing others from parking to use the local shops.
So I think this is an unfair to impose such a high fee when, a) the amount of time overdue, or b) state of car park availability is not taken into consideration.
I actively try to use local businesses as much as I can and avoid using the large chain superstores whenever alternatives are possible, this is one reason we come to Chalfont St Peter to eat and shop.
But if I am having to keep clock watching rather than enjoying Café Madeira and perusing Budgeons and the high street then I will have to consider advising my colleagues that we go elsewhere.
While I am sure that no tears will be shed, or livelyhoods gone to ruin with the loss of our custom, I can see it is instances such as these that are driving customers away.