Bar­rier at car park a dan­ger to users

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I AM a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Uxbridge and have al­ways used the Grainges Car Park, which, for as long as I can re­mem­ber, was a pay and dis­play.

How­ever, for some ob­scure rea­son, Hilling­don Coun­cil have de­cided to in­stall a bar­rier sys­tem.

I am not sure as to whether they re­alise how dan­ger­ous this is, es­pe­cially lead­ing up to Christ­mas with the amount of peo­ple that will be us­ing this car park.

The queue to ob­tain a ticket stretches back onto Mar­jax Round­about and this will lead, even­tu­ally, to a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent.

When leav­ing the car park, if you are dis­abled, you have to hold your badge up to the top of the ticket ma­chine hop­ing that some­one is in the of­fice to let you out.

I waited 10 min­utes at the exit last week with my el­derly mother, as the at­ten­dant had gone to the gents.

Surely em­ploy­ing an at­ten­dant to pa­trol the car park or in­stalling a pay and dis­play where your num­ber plate has to be in­serted to ob­tain a ticket is more con­ve­nient for all.

Of course, this new sys­tem is a way to ex­tract more money from lo­cal res­i­dents.

Clearly the brains be­hind this crazy new sys­tem does not use this car park and can­not see the dan­gers.

JACKIE DOBBS Dale Drive Hayes

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