Town centre parking can be so confusing
REGARDING your article “Cost of town centre parking to rise” from 26-08-17:
I suspect many people have not yet realised the complexity of the new car parking regulations around the town centre.
You now have to take note of the list of parking locations on the sign board of the particular one you are using and make sure that you don’t use any other of the car parks listed, later in the same day.
Alternatively, you can consult the tables at: www.rochdale.gov.uk/ parking-roads-andtransport//Pages/ council-car-parks.aspx
Now, is that going to increase trade or increase the number of parking fines, do you think?
Only one visit to the shops allowed per day. What if you have a car full of shopping and need to buy more?
No more parking on Reed Hill for Yorkshire Street and then going to park at Dunelm, because those are in the same table, but it seems you can use the Town Hall Square first, instead.
The sign boards say parking is free on Bank Holidays, but don’t mention Sundays.
They also say you must ALWAYS display a ticket. When I asked a warden, because the machine wouldn’t give me a ticket, she said you do not have to do so on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The tables on the website seem to indicate that you can’t park anywhere at all Saturdays.
Near the top of the board, it says you can’t return, but at the bottom it says you can return if within the same charging period.
Lots of gaping holes in the regulations down which to fall and get fined. All very confusing!
Milton Street East (next to the baked-bean-can which is No.1 Riverside) is reserved for permit holders, with no time limit. I wonder who they are, and why anyone can’t use it at weekends when the council is shut?
If it IS for Council workers, what about the shop and office workers? Can they get a permit, being workers in the town centre too?
Of course, both of the Milton Street car parks are soon to be replaced by the forthcoming empty shopping centre monstrosity, so there will be even less ground-level parking and I think we all like ground level parking the best.
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My head is hurting now” Roger Heap
LEAVE SPACES FOR SHOPPERS
LIKE many visitors to Rochdale town centre I am consistently finding myself driving round in circles looking for a parking spot in the main carpark.
I used to think it was busy with shoppers, but oh no. It’s chocker with council staff and shop workers, ironically shoppers like me have to look elsewhere!
I thought the three hours free would maybe stop them parking there all day, leaving space for shopper; I was wrong.
While parked up waiting for the wife (I couldn’t leave the car and car park because I couldn’t find a space) I saw loads of council staff popping over the road to buy a ticket before ducking back into Riverside.
This is just plain wrong. The council should make all staff and shop workers/ office staff park in the outer car parks and not let them block up the best car park in the centre.
And while my blood’s boiling: I completely agree that the van parked on the pavement should have been given a ticket. The driver was breaking the law, it’s as simple as that.
I read your article on the issue and I simply don’t believe that there was no where else for him to park!
Once you let one off. Michael Paul Smith Oldham Road
●●Roger Heap says the new town centre car parking regulations can be complex