Car Park Mon­i­tor­ing

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

Re­tail out­lets, Multi store/shop­ping cen­tres, and doubt­less any trade with park­ing that suf­fers from “stay time abusers”, are now the tar­get of the lat­est money mak­ing scheme.

They are en­cour­aged to pay for a mon­i­tor­ing com­pany that will en­force the park­ing time al­lowance in place. An ex­am­ple close to home, is the For­bury Re­tail Park in Read­ing. In the good old days, I could park there and quickly walk to M&S, get what I needed and then quickly re­turn to my car. Apart from also shop­ping at Sta­ples for of­fice sup­plies, I al­ways en­sured I did not abuse the al­low­able park­ing time.

Now the car park is ap­par­ently fre­quently nearly empty.

Park­ing is vi­tal for trade, thus I am dis­gusted that in­stead of the Waitrose prac­tice of is­su­ing a car park ticket, al­low one a cou­ple of hours to shop in store and any­where else in town, park­ing is con­trolled by their kiosk and not a face­less and nasty fi­nan­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion!!

The es­tab­lish­ment of th­ese com­pa­nies should not only be con­trolled by Leg­is­la­tion, but also by in­put from the re­tail­ers etc., to en­sure the pub­lic are not be­ing ir­re­spon­si­bly pun­ished or are not be­ing up­set by third par­ties.

The use of their CCTV sys­tems needs to be reg­is­tered with the ICO, they need to be aware of their lim­i­ta­tions if their field of view in­cludes pub­lic ar­eas and thus may record pic­tures of peo­ple who are unaware they are sub­ject to sur­veil­lance, which is an of­fence

A friend of mine vis­ited a car park she has used – and paid for – for years. A cou­ple of weeks ago, con­trol was handed to one of the nas­ties, and on her first visit when she paid, and very luck­ily kept the ticket, she left well be­fore the time paid for, BUT sub­se­quently re­ceived a park­ing fine of £60.

Now that dis­grace has to be “ap­pealed” by her, such is the way the nas­ties work! They have no in­ter­est in the pub­lic, un­der­stand­ing of de­cency, tol­er­ance or man­ners and of the needs of the pub­lic.

Although we all dis­like the pig-like in­di­vid­u­als who abuse car parks, and the need to keep mak­ing space for the ever in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion, there are ways to do things. To­tally money mak­ing schemes are rife in this sad coun­try, from cons to fraud and so on.

All be­ing al­lowed by the weak gov­ern­ment we have, in­com­pe­tence and lack of in­ter­est in the daily life of peo­ple.

Mrs May, please get con­trol – you work for the peo­ple of this coun­try, NOT for money mak­ers. Didn’t you say some­thing like that at the last Elec­tion? Reg Cli on, via email

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