HIGH PARK­ING FEES ARE UN­FAIRLY IM­POSED

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - STEVEN HOLT Ad­dress supplied

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.

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