Not into in­flated park­ing charge

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I AM pleased to see that I’m not the only one to think that the new INTU park­ing charges are a ‘rip-off ’ (Gazette, Septem­ber 16).

I went to the Odeon Sil­ver Screen last week, the film cost £3 to see and the park­ing cost £4 as I was there for 2hrs 14mins, a 62% in­crease.

I emailed INTU and got what I class as a ‘wishy-washy’ jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, that peo­ple were miss­ing their time pe­riod by a cou­ple of min­utes so the new tar­iffs give them that lit­tle bit longer.

Although the INTU car park is the most con­ve­nient to get to for me and is Pay On Exit I will not be us­ing it again. I come into Uxbridge quite a lot each week and I am now us­ing the Granges or the Cedars although they are Pay & Dis­play they are work­ing out much cheaper even if I don’t use all the time I buy.

Up to 3hrs cost £2 with the Hilling­don Res­i­dent card dis­count.

In ad­di­tion to that later this year these car parks will be changed to Pay On Exit mak­ing it more con­ve­nient. I hope that the Coun­cil will not be tak­ing a leaf out of INTU’s book!

It is a great pity that INTU have done this be­cause it will af­fect the sin­gle par­ents, pen­sion­ers, etc who would use this car park dur­ing the day week­days far more than any other group of peo­ple, ie the ones with less dis­pos­able in­come.

One bit of good news though, by us­ing Granges/Cedars it will mean that I will be get­ting ex­tra ex­er­cise and that has got to be a good thing! PAUL AN­DREWS 72 Mis­bourne Rd

Hilling­don

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