Outrage over £100 parking fines in Royal Wootton Bassett
Shoppers in Royal Wootton Bassett say the penalty for exceeding the parking time limit at the new Morrisons is extortionate – and even the store agrees.
Cameras installed by Premier Park, which runs the site, record cars entering and leaving and those over-staying the 30-minute limit face a £100 fine. The restrictions mean people cannot return to the car park within the hour.
Steve Miller’s wife Sandra was sent a letter telling her she had to pay £100 because she returned to the car park after she forgot to buy a couple of items.
The 53-year-old lorry driver of Glenville Close said: “A few weeks later she got a notice telling her she was fined because she returned to the car park 53 minutes after leaving it – seven minutes before she was allowed to return.
“It’s extortionate. Especially when you can park at Sainsbury’s and buy a ticket for a couple of pence. I can understand now why there are so few cars in there.”
Liz Eastgate’s elderly mother is in her 90s and has difficulty walking quickly. When she parked at the car park last month she thought her disabled badge would allow her the usual three hours to complete her shopping.
Ms Eastgate said: “She can only move very slowly and by the time she had got her things together, queued up to pay and got back into the car she had exceeded the limit.”
Town councillor Chris Wannell has been inundated with complaints. He said: “The costs are unreasonable and disproportionate.”
Residents have also approached North Wiltshire MP, James Gray, who has written to the CEO of Morrisons on their behalf.
The land, which is owned by Anthony Pang, was leased to Morrisons and the new store was opened in August. But the car park is run by Premier Park.
A spokesman for Morrisons said: “We completely agree the penalty charges are unreasonable and the time allowed is simply not long enough. We would advise our customers to use other car parks close by. In the meantime, we will also contact the landlord to try and persuade him to review the parking arrangements.”
Mr Pang originally wanted to install a car wash behind the Morrisons store, but when the planning application was rejected he arranged for the space to be run by a car park company.
He said customers were given 30 minutes free parking, as asked for by Morrisons, but he was looking into the issue.
Premier Park did not comment.
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