Motorists warned as supermarket changes rules for town car park
» USING waitrose’s car park in Cheltenham could soon cost you £70.
The two-level facility in Honeybourne way has been free since the supermarket opened in October 2002.
Customers have been allowed to park there for free for a maximum of three hours.
And though it seems that will not change, waitrose says it may now impose a £70 penalty charge for motorists parking their vehicles for more than three hours or returning to the car park within two hours.
A sign outside the shop says: “we’re introducing number plate recognition to monitor car park use and make it easier to pop into waitrose Cheltenham.
“From October, 16 exceeding 3 hours, or returning within 2 hours, may result in a £70 parking charge.”
The decision by the company - which is part of the John Lewis Partnership to tighten up on the use of the car park, comes as some drivers have found it increasingly difficult to find somewhere convenient to park in the town centre.
It follows the introduction, in August last year, of parking restrictions in many Cheltenham roads where none existed before.