The Basingstoke & Deane Council is planning to introduce new restrictions on where people can park their cars in Whitchurch; and have removed restrictions in the town centre car parks. A change to the start of the northern 30mph zone has been proposed, too.
Also, companies that run private car parks – like those near the railway station – have made an example of cars that don’t display a ticket.
TOWN CENTRE CAR PARKS
The 4-hour limit on the Bell Street Car Park has been ‘informally lifted’.
Cllr Watts said, “The restriction has been informally lifted on Bell Street [car park] so it is de facto unlimited 24 hour parking. This is the place for residents and people who work in the town centre to park.”
The smaller car park on Church Street may also see its 4-hour limit changed.
Cllr Watts said, “After being lobbied by a local business I proposed that the limit should be reduced from four hours to one hour to make it a ‘shoppers Car Park’.”
He continued, “I understand that the Town Council opposed this because it is used by residents in Church Street. I believe that the Bell Street Car Park is only a short walk for them and have suggested that the Town Council should consult the retailers.”
ON-STREET PARKING CHANGES
Changes to on-street parking were announced through a road traffic order proposal dated 2nd February 2012.
Cllr Watts said, “The decisions that came out of a site meeting last June have at last been advertised in the form of a Road Traffic Order.”
The proposal creates new parking restrictions on Lynch Hill Park at Dances Lane; Bicester Close; Kingsley Park; and Micheldever Road. Some restrictions are proposed for removal on Bicester Close and Kingsley Park.
Parking in private car parks can be expensive as some people discovered this week. Two cars were ticketed and clamped near the railway station earlier this week.
One clamped car had a sticker in its window demanding a payment of £365 with the possibility of a further £125 towage and £17.50 per day storage fees.
The signs in the car park said a charge notice would be £80 and a wheel clamp removal £125. The ticket machine requires a payment of £3.50 for all-day parking.
The fine may have included unpaid fines from previous infractions.
The traffic order proposals from B&DBC are HERE. Parking orders for other areas of Whitchurch are “awaiting implementation” according to B&DBC (maps: north, central)
Tips on fighting private car park fines can be found on the Money Saving Expert website HERE.