All change for parking signs
New system will use number plate recognition at St Peter’s Court
A SET OF controversial parking signs in Chalfont St Peter are to be changed.
Car park managers Carflow have confirmed that signs at St Peter’s Court car park - known locally as the Precinct - will be altered to make it clear that automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) is in operation there.
The news comes after months of campaigning by villagers who slammed the ‘draconian’ parking restrictions and said the signs, which were installed at the beginning of the year, were illegible and destroying village trade.
Richard Allen, who has been liasing on behalf of villagers for the last six months, said: “I do not think it is a major victory but at least it’s something.”
In emails seen exclusively by the Advertiser, Mr Allen had correspondance with Carflow and the British Parking Association (BPA) over the use of ANPR, complaining that there was no clearly visible notification of automatic number plate recognition cameras.
He said this made them ‘incompatible with the Data Protection Act (DPA)’, which says notification of the use of the cameras should be fair.
Carflow argued their signage was compliant with the DPA and the In fo rma t ion Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) code of practice.
The British Parking Association (BPA) and the ICO agreed the signage was compliant with the DPA and closed the case.
Mr Allen said he had hundreds of complaints which ‘resulted in the signs becoming clearer’.
He added: “It’s change, but the problem is the carparking industry is self regulated.
“We should wait until we see what they do.” But he added: “There’s nothing more that can be done in this.”
A Carflow company spokesperson said: “The validity of our parking scheme in Chalfont St Peter has been questioned from every possible avenue by individuals who have received parking charges for breaching the terms of the car park.
“These motorists have tried to prove that we are not operating within the applicable regulations in order to have their parking charges overturned.
The spokersperson added: “It is true that we are making changes to our entrance signs at all locations where we use ANPR.
“These signs will make it even clearer to motorists that ANPR is in place at that location.
“We don’t have an exact date for the replacement of the existing signs, but the template for the new signs is being designed at present.
“Replacement signs will be put in place as soon as the signs have been manufactured and our installation team has time to visit the various sites.