Sunday, 4 August 2013

Parking Trouble in Town

A resident from Easthill Rd is in dispute with ANPR, the company that enforces parking restrictions in All Saints church car park, next to Bedford Square, Houghton Regis. The man claims he displayed a parking ticket on his dashboard, but a parking enforcement company have sent him letters demanding £40, and later demanding £100 when the first demand wasn't met.

The car park is owned by Martin Slowe Estates, who also are the landlords for the shops in Bedford Square. MSE contract ANPR to manage the three hour free parking scheme in the church car park. Drivers should press a green button at the ticket machine to obtain a ticket if parking before 5pm.

Twice this week, I found the sign nearest the ticket machine explaining the restrictions, had been swivelled around to face the old cemetery around the church.

Earlier this week local councillors criticised the car park for having slopes which means it is difficult for disabled drivers to use. Councillors also called for clearer instructions for the many parking bays which appear to be unused around the Bedford Square Community Centre. A fuller investigation into parking is to be conducted and presented to a future Town Partnership Committee.

Have you experienced parking problems in Houghton Regis, or feel you have suffered unjustly from a parking fee?