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City Centre Parking.

29 Jul 2012 5:29PM
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 hoursSad & 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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29 Jul 2012 6:58PM
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 Sad
Coleslaw Plus
12 13.4k 28 Wales
29 Jul 2012 7:03PM
A full English and a beer? Is that breakfast or lunch? Wink
29 Jul 2012 7:08PM
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 Grin
29 Jul 2012 8:51PM

Quote:And you can only pay by phone (

What if you don't have a phone?
davereet Plus
13 374 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 9:47PM
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.

Rant over

30 Jul 2012 4:54AM

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

User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 7:05AM

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.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.2k 30 England
30 Jul 2012 8:22AM
In Ilford our local mall has reasonable parking charges - until you go over 4 hours. Then it's a flat fee of 50!!!
779HOB Plus
6 1.2k United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 8:32AM
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.
13 7.1k 18 England
30 Jul 2012 9:55AM

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 ! !
30 Jul 2012 12:05PM
In Liverpool if you park at a broken machine and leave a note they ticket you anywaySad happened to me a couple of years back.
ade_mcfade Plus
13 15.2k 216 England
30 Jul 2012 12:22PM
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
javam Plus
13 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 12:58PM
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!
thewilliam 9 6.1k
30 Jul 2012 1:27PM
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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