£90 parking charge at popular local shopping centre
from all sides of the political spectrum on Oldland Parish Council were shocked
and angry when they heard that parking charges of £90 are proposed at the
popular Gallagher Retail Park at Longwell Green.
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Retail Park hosts well known shops such as Marks & Spencer, Next and Boots. It has employed ParkingEye Ltd to run the car
parks who are proposing to install both automatic number plate recognition
cameras and charge customers £90 if they are parked in the car park for longer
than just 3 hours.
Councillors on Oldland Parish Council have publically voiced their concerns "a
number of Customers using Gallagher shopping centre, park there then walk to
adjacent superstores such as Asda and B&Q, and vice versa" said Labour
Councillor Martin Farmer. He added "if a
3 hour limit is to be imposed then customers are going to have to move their
cars the short distance to adjoining car parks or even park on the road. This doesn't make sense. We're also concerned that a 3 hour parking
limit will mean increased chaos on local roads, pushing customers to other
shopping centres which in turn will hit the Oldland Parish area negatively in
terms of the local economy and jobs".
Labour Councillor Ron Hardie went on to say "With the recession, families are being
hurt hard in their pockets. This has
been poorly thought out by Gallaghers.
The proposal for a £90 parking charge has little to do with management
of car parks, but is business trying to squeeze more money from hard hit
families. Christmas may be months away
but it looks like Scrooge has come early.
There needs to be a significant re-think by Gallaghers and ParkingEye".