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I decided to have a lazy day today so set of into town for a full English a beer and a wobble around the shops to pickup a few bits that I keep putting off due to work. Anyway I parked the van just outside of town and went to put a couple of quid in the machine to find it was £4.50 for three hours & I believe it's £6.00 for the same time in the city centre!! I ended up parking half a mile away and walking in as the amount of time I was there it would of cost me over a tenner and that's before I'd spent any money on the stuff I wanted. Anyone beat them prices or is that about a standard charge? It's no wonder that the retail parks are booming!!
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You must live in north London (finchley ) where the standard
Parking has charge has gon through thr roof. And you can only pay by phone so you haven't got the old. ' sorry the machine not working '
But they don't even charge on a Sunday
A full English and a beer? Is that breakfast or lunch?
It should be free in all city centres as that would get more people in spending cash which is what we need.
Defo lunch but it was a bit sad standing at the bar being the only one in there
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What if you don't have a phone?
I live in Bolsover (oop north) and the parking is free all the time and the town is booming, only one empty and one charity shop.
All towns should stop being so greedy and follow Bolsover and then less people would go to the shopping malls.
If you look at the range of shops in any reasonably large town they are the same as the malls with the bonus of lots of little specialist shops that can't afford mall rents.
Sadly these are the shops that are going out of business partly because of low footfall because of excessive parking fees.
Quote: What if you don't have a phone?
Then you don't park The idea is they would sooner loose the payment from those with out phones rather than let you take advantage of a Brocken machine Plus it leaves those places free for people with access to a phone
Quote: parking is free all the time and the town is booming
That makes a lot of sense. Buying goods on the internet often means paying extra for delivery but people don't mind that so much when it saves them paying parking charges to pick up in town.
In Ilford our local mall has reasonable parking charges - until you go over 4 hours. Then it's a flat fee of £50!!!
I don't live in a city but near a large town, if you move your car between the two main supermarkets you can get 6 hours of free parking (have to say 3 hours is enough normally) and only a few minutes walk from the main shopping streets.
Quote: And you can only pay by phone so you haven't got the old...
Not in a town, but The National Trust now only allow payment for car parking at Ditchling Beacon by text message / credit card on a mobile telephone.
Apparently your car number is then transmitted to their warden indicating that you have paid.
I suspect they will have introduced this to other car parks as well ! !
In Liverpool if you park at a broken machine and leave a note they ticket you anyway happened to me a couple of years back.
Leeds is a total rip off
It's 80p for 20 minutes on many meters
The main car parks are over £10/day
The market car park is £2 or more for just 1 hour
You have to go a long way out of town before you get any free streets!!!!
The Clarence Dock area is completely dead all the time - slightly out of town and a really expensive car park, so no one ever goes there.... were it free, they'd get thousands of people there every day.
BRADFORD.... quite a lot of "1 hour for free" spaces
Cheap main car parks
Media Museum car park is very cheap, probably a quid or so for 2 hours, 50p in the evenings
All this keeping cars out of town policy is doing just that, and unfortunately, keeping people out too! Excepot Bradford.. which is the world's worst place to drive in! Victorian ring road is grid locked most days
Oxford: £3.00 for one hour in the main car park on a Saturday (£2.40 other days and £3.90 in a couple of the smaller central ones), dropping down to £6.00 for 2-3 hours.
They of course would prefer you to use the Park and Ride, but they have now started to charge for parking there as well as for the bus in which brings the total for the day for 2 adults to £6.20
I could take the bus from home, but that would costs £6.80 for two adults, runs every 30 minutes if I am lucky (and the trackers lie). This is of course excluding the hassle of trying to get two children and a push chair on there as well.
The high street is doomed, you generally pay more, you have to fill you car up with over priced fuel and pay through the nose for parking to get there. The train costs too much and unless you are lucky you have to drive to the train station in the first place and pay high car park prices again.
I consider myself very fortunate that at least in oxford I can now park for free at the at the office on the weekends so in my case all of the above applies only to everywhere else!
It only takes a couple of over-zealous traffic wardens to destroy a town's ecomomy.
In Appledore, not that many miles from us, even the lifeboat on its trailer was ticketed! I've known a hearse ticketed outside a church while unloading the deceased.
The real damage is done by our elected representatives who forget that they stated off as regular folk. Public lavatories seem to be closing in the majority of towns that I visit. Proof that the local politicians have lived in their rarified atmosphere for so long that they've forgotten that the rest of us have certain bodily functions!
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