All change for park­ing signs

New sys­tem will use num­ber plate recog­ni­tion at St Peter’s Court

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

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.

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