Mo­torists warned as su­per­mar­ket changes rules for town car park

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

» 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.

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