Starting early August the car park at Harvest Home, Hillborough Crescent, is to become Pay & Display with a fee starting at 40p. Revenues from the venture will be shared between the landlord and community projects, according to the landlord. Parking will be free for pub customers.
A statement from the Harvest Home reads, "Firstly im sorry this has taken so long to sort out. We have been working closely with the local council (big thanks to Jan Cooper - Community Services Officer to Houghton Regis Town Council) for all her hard work and advice. Also thanks to local businesses for their support in trying to find a solution that works for us all. The big issues are the car park belongs to the Harvest Home but our customers and staff were finding it hard to park in our car park, we have been working with a company called CPS who have managed to clear the car park so that our customers and staff can park. During this time we have been looking at ways to let customers of the shops also use the car park. "
The statement continues "Starting early August the car park will be a Pay & Display with a fee starting at 40p. ok, I will not hide the fact that I get a % of the revenue from the car park, however I'm going to set aside a percentage of this money for community projects. Customers of the Harvest Home - yes you will continue to be able to PARK FOR FREE."
The car park is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council, but leased to a local brewery, who in turn charge fees to the Harvest Home. To help recuperate those fees, Ray, the landlord, tried to involve local shops whose customers were using the car park for minutes at a time. Other issues like shop workers parking all day, others parking and then taking a bus to go on holiday, and even using the car park to change an engine in fuelled the landlords annoyance. Tickets for fines of up to £70 a day are still being issued to non-customer vehicles, operated by parking company CPS. Drivers who do not park in the car park often risk other penalties by parking on double yellow lines.