Fury over new Weymouth parking charges

Fury over new Weymouth parking charges

Fury over new Weymouth parking charges

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NEW parking charges in Weymouth have come under fire.

And council chiefs have also been criticised for failing to promote the pay and display charges in front of the Pavilion.

Sixteen parking bays on the forecourt used to offer 30 minutes free parking.

Charges were introduced last week, catching a few drivers out who were unaware of the change.

Five bays on the opposite side of the car park are for visitors to the Pavilion who can park for free for 20 minutes so they can use the venue’s services.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, which is introducing measures as part of a parking strategy approved last year, says the change was advertised in the correct manner and no-one objected.

But there are claims it was not promoted enough.

It is still being advertised as free parking on the Dorset for You website.

Resident Ian Brooke said: “Personally I think this is a mistake and again a decision seems to have been done with no consultation.

“The council is going to upset an awful lot of people for no good reason. There’s only a dozen or so spaces so it’s not like a huge amount of money will be made.”

Borough councillor Francis Drake agreed the authority did not promote parking changes enough.

Andy Cooke, who runs marketing firm Getaway Digital, said he didn’t think there was adequate signage informing people they could park for free to access tourist information at the Pavilion.

Artist Mike Taylor, of Osmington, said he thought introducing charges was a ‘terrible idea’.

One annoyed driver, who was caught out by the new charge and given a fine, criticised the council for not promoting the change adequately.

He said: “I must have parked for free outside the Pavilion for at least 30 years.

“It’s handy for popping into town for 15 minutes. I thought the traffic warden would be a bit lenient and warn me there is now a charge to park here.”

Phil Say who runs the Pavilion said: “People are a bit bemused they now have to pay.

“But with every swing there’s a roundabout as it’s free to park overnight so that’s good news for people who want to see a show.”

 

• New Pavilion parking charges

CHARGES in front of the Pavilion apply 9.30am-6.30pm, seven days a week.

Up to an hour costs 50p, two hours costs £1.50, three hours costs £3 and four hours – the maximum stay – costs £4.

A borough council spokesman said a notification was printed in the Echo on July 11. It is one of more than 40 recommendations in the annual parking review.

Transport spokesman Cllr Christine James, pictured inset, said the changes were advertised via correct channels and no objections were received.

She added: “The meters are there, the changes were well advertised, and people should not be getting caught out.

“There are five dedicated spaces for the Pavilion ticket office.

“The charges bring the area in line with everywhere else. It is to stop drivers and taxis just stopping there for half an hour then moving on and also to stop people driving round the town looking for a free space.

“The change was advertised via a Traffic Regulation Order and people had a chance to object. The Pavilion was consulted and was happy to be given dedicated spaces for the box office.

“Previously people could have gone to buy tickets, not been able to find a space because people were using them all for free.”

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8:52am Tue 22 Jul 14

siriem says...

I suppose "Fury over new Weymouth parking charges" is a more sensational headline than "Man a bit fed up after receiving a parking ticket even though it was his own fault".

It's still a totally non-news story, although I was very disappointed that the Echo didn't quote me, despite ringing my doorbell to solicit my comments. Next time I'm asked I'll try and remember to be furious - maybe then I'll get into print.
I suppose "Fury over new Weymouth parking charges" is a more sensational headline than "Man a bit fed up after receiving a parking ticket even though it was his own fault". It's still a totally non-news story, although I was very disappointed that the Echo didn't quote me, despite ringing my doorbell to solicit my comments. Next time I'm asked I'll try and remember to be furious - maybe then I'll get into print. siriem
  • Score: 51

9:39am Tue 22 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

Mr Say is quite PHILosophical :-) And quite right as well.
Mr Say is quite PHILosophical :-) And quite right as well. MrTomSmith
  • Score: -5

9:43am Tue 22 Jul 14

Tonyglyn says...

"Fury" - again?!?! Any visitor to Dorset reading the Echo's headlines and billboards would think that the population of the place are in constant state of fury.

You can use other words - we're not so thick that we won't understand them.
"Fury" - again?!?! Any visitor to Dorset reading the Echo's headlines and billboards would think that the population of the place are in constant state of fury. You can use other words - we're not so thick that we won't understand them. Tonyglyn
  • Score: 29

9:47am Tue 22 Jul 14

arlbergbahn says...

Tonyglyn wrote:
"Fury" - again?!?! Any visitor to Dorset reading the Echo's headlines and billboards would think that the population of the place are in constant state of fury.

You can use other words - we're not so thick that we won't understand them.
Don't forget CHAOS. And MISERY.
[quote][p][bold]Tonyglyn[/bold] wrote: "Fury" - again?!?! Any visitor to Dorset reading the Echo's headlines and billboards would think that the population of the place are in constant state of fury. You can use other words - we're not so thick that we won't understand them.[/p][/quote]Don't forget CHAOS. And MISERY. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 25

9:48am Tue 22 Jul 14

arlbergbahn says...

siriem wrote:
I suppose "Fury over new Weymouth parking charges" is a more sensational headline than "Man a bit fed up after receiving a parking ticket even though it was his own fault".

It's still a totally non-news story, although I was very disappointed that the Echo didn't quote me, despite ringing my doorbell to solicit my comments. Next time I'm asked I'll try and remember to be furious - maybe then I'll get into print.
if you're really lucky you may get to be on the front page with your arms folded indignantly.
[quote][p][bold]siriem[/bold] wrote: I suppose "Fury over new Weymouth parking charges" is a more sensational headline than "Man a bit fed up after receiving a parking ticket even though it was his own fault". It's still a totally non-news story, although I was very disappointed that the Echo didn't quote me, despite ringing my doorbell to solicit my comments. Next time I'm asked I'll try and remember to be furious - maybe then I'll get into print.[/p][/quote]if you're really lucky you may get to be on the front page with your arms folded indignantly. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 32

9:54am Tue 22 Jul 14

Newground says...

On Planet Echo, thick people never set fire to cars. They only 'torch' them.
On Planet Echo, thick people never set fire to cars. They only 'torch' them. Newground
  • Score: 18

9:55am Tue 22 Jul 14

livid99 says...

Haha the above comments completely capture the style of "journalism" the Echo seems to adopt.
Nothing just happens in Dorset...everything is apparently always accompanied by fury, disgust, outrage and shock.
Probably best not to come here for a holiday...its a bad for your health.
Haha the above comments completely capture the style of "journalism" the Echo seems to adopt. Nothing just happens in Dorset...everything is apparently always accompanied by fury, disgust, outrage and shock. Probably best not to come here for a holiday...its a bad for your health. livid99
  • Score: 23

10:54am Tue 22 Jul 14

PossumGoose says...

Don't forget the two mainstays - "Tragic" and "Horror".
Don't forget the two mainstays - "Tragic" and "Horror". PossumGoose
  • Score: 12

11:26am Tue 22 Jul 14

Chalbury says...

50p for up to an hour of parking is not expensive.

Compare this to up to an hour of parking at the multi storey car park (operated by Britannia parking). I don't see anyone complaining about their prices!
50p for up to an hour of parking is not expensive. Compare this to up to an hour of parking at the multi storey car park (operated by Britannia parking). I don't see anyone complaining about their prices! Chalbury
  • Score: 15

11:28am Tue 22 Jul 14

angrydorseter says...

PossumGoose wrote:
Don't forget the two mainstays - "Tragic" and "Horror".
Oh yes, mustn't forget about the horror smashes.
[quote][p][bold]PossumGoose[/bold] wrote: Don't forget the two mainstays - "Tragic" and "Horror".[/p][/quote]Oh yes, mustn't forget about the horror smashes. angrydorseter
  • Score: 9

11:42am Tue 22 Jul 14

OhHolyPretender says...

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, which is introducing measures as part of a parking strategy approved last year, says the change was advertised in the correct manner and no-one objected.

Does anyone else think they missed a good chance to quote hitchikers guide to the galaxy here?
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, which is introducing measures as part of a parking strategy approved last year, says the change was advertised in the correct manner and no-one objected. Does anyone else think they missed a good chance to quote hitchikers guide to the galaxy here? OhHolyPretender
  • Score: 4

12:05pm Tue 22 Jul 14

dorset & proud says...

Parking outside the pavilion for 30 years no wonder he got fined!

Must add fury to the department of chaos, shock and outrage...
Parking outside the pavilion for 30 years no wonder he got fined! Must add fury to the department of chaos, shock and outrage... dorset & proud
  • Score: 18

2:53pm Tue 22 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

MrTomSmith wrote:
Mr Say is quite PHILosophical :-) And quite right as well.
-4 you miserable lot
[quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: Mr Say is quite PHILosophical :-) And quite right as well.[/p][/quote]-4 you miserable lot MrTomSmith
  • Score: 4

3:24pm Tue 22 Jul 14

scubadude says...

There needs to be some more short term (20-30min) free parking in town, as a business owner I need to visit the bank frequently and it takes longer to find a free space (or go home and walk into town) than it does to deposit money- money which I then use to pay the council!!!
The pavilion "was" ideal, since I don't read the Echo (why would I the major stories are here for free) how was I to know this was changing to complain about it? Sounds like the council using the lowest seen place to advertise as an excuse for profiteering as usual.
There needs to be some more short term (20-30min) free parking in town, as a business owner I need to visit the bank frequently and it takes longer to find a free space (or go home and walk into town) than it does to deposit money- money which I then use to pay the council!!! The pavilion "was" ideal, since I don't read the Echo (why would I the major stories are here for free) how was I to know this was changing to complain about it? Sounds like the council using the lowest seen place to advertise as an excuse for profiteering as usual. scubadude
  • Score: 0

3:50pm Tue 22 Jul 14

siriem says...

scubadude wrote:
There needs to be some more short term (20-30min) free parking in town, as a business owner I need to visit the bank frequently and it takes longer to find a free space (or go home and walk into town) than it does to deposit money- money which I then use to pay the council!!!
The pavilion "was" ideal, since I don't read the Echo (why would I the major stories are here for free) how was I to know this was changing to complain about it? Sounds like the council using the lowest seen place to advertise as an excuse for profiteering as usual.
Can't you pay 50p, keep the receipts and claim as a business expense?
[quote][p][bold]scubadude[/bold] wrote: There needs to be some more short term (20-30min) free parking in town, as a business owner I need to visit the bank frequently and it takes longer to find a free space (or go home and walk into town) than it does to deposit money- money which I then use to pay the council!!! The pavilion "was" ideal, since I don't read the Echo (why would I the major stories are here for free) how was I to know this was changing to complain about it? Sounds like the council using the lowest seen place to advertise as an excuse for profiteering as usual.[/p][/quote]Can't you pay 50p, keep the receipts and claim as a business expense? siriem
  • Score: 10

4:17pm Tue 22 Jul 14

organizedconfusion says...

"15 mins to pop into town" - come on now the Pavillion car park should be for buying tickets for the Pavillion!
"15 mins to pop into town" - come on now the Pavillion car park should be for buying tickets for the Pavillion! organizedconfusion
  • Score: 11

8:59pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Dorsetvanman says...

"SHOCK" has been on the front page 3 of the last 5days!
"SHOCK" has been on the front page 3 of the last 5days! Dorsetvanman
  • Score: 5

9:04pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Dorsetvanman says...

scubadude wrote:
There needs to be some more short term (20-30min) free parking in town, as a business owner I need to visit the bank frequently and it takes longer to find a free space (or go home and walk into town) than it does to deposit money- money which I then use to pay the council!!!
The pavilion "was" ideal, since I don't read the Echo (why would I the major stories are here for free) how was I to know this was changing to complain about it? Sounds like the council using the lowest seen place to advertise as an excuse for profiteering as usual.
Take your banking business to Dorchester as you can underpay in any of the council carpark meters!!. I do banking there every saturday and its a good help if you dont have correct change.
[quote][p][bold]scubadude[/bold] wrote: There needs to be some more short term (20-30min) free parking in town, as a business owner I need to visit the bank frequently and it takes longer to find a free space (or go home and walk into town) than it does to deposit money- money which I then use to pay the council!!! The pavilion "was" ideal, since I don't read the Echo (why would I the major stories are here for free) how was I to know this was changing to complain about it? Sounds like the council using the lowest seen place to advertise as an excuse for profiteering as usual.[/p][/quote]Take your banking business to Dorchester as you can underpay in any of the council carpark meters!!. I do banking there every saturday and its a good help if you dont have correct change. Dorsetvanman
  • Score: 0

9:52pm Tue 22 Jul 14

I'mavoter says...

Same old people keep criticising The Echo, but still keep reading it.
If you don't like it, don't read it ! Simples !
And by reading it here, you're not even paying for it, so either don't read it, or stop moaning about it.
Same old people keep criticising The Echo, but still keep reading it. If you don't like it, don't read it ! Simples ! And by reading it here, you're not even paying for it, so either don't read it, or stop moaning about it. I'mavoter
  • Score: -6

10:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

luffy22 says...

organizedconfusion wrote:
"15 mins to pop into town" - come on now the Pavillion car park should be for buying tickets for the Pavillion!
wrong, its for a quick walk on the beach, a quick pop into town, come on kids lets go and spend a few quid in the muzzies.
Have you seen the rubbish they put on at the pavilion?? does anyone buy tickets????
[quote][p][bold]organizedconfusion[/bold] wrote: "15 mins to pop into town" - come on now the Pavillion car park should be for buying tickets for the Pavillion![/p][/quote]wrong, its for a quick walk on the beach, a quick pop into town, come on kids lets go and spend a few quid in the muzzies. Have you seen the rubbish they put on at the pavilion?? does anyone buy tickets???? luffy22
  • Score: -6

10:35pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Dorsetvanman says...

I'mavoter wrote:
Same old people keep criticising The Echo, but still keep reading it.
If you don't like it, don't read it ! Simples !
And by reading it here, you're not even paying for it, so either don't read it, or stop moaning about it.
The echo is no longer worth paying anything for!. I used to have it delivered everyday. I wont even use it for advertising my business for reasons i explained to their sales rep and she agreed!. The echo is no longer about local news, its more about repeating old news with a drama headline, or worse the reporters sat on their backsidewaiting for a story to pop up on facebook to write about. There are plenty of juicy stories going on in rural dorset well worth writing about but that would mean a reporter going out and asking someone. Man lost in field; coastguards called out to nothing atall; milkbottle smashed are not news. All these comments on this story are hopefully an eye opener at the echo office at a joke the paper is turning into. (Why are you reading this instead of buying the Echo 'i'mavoter'
[quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: Same old people keep criticising The Echo, but still keep reading it. If you don't like it, don't read it ! Simples ! And by reading it here, you're not even paying for it, so either don't read it, or stop moaning about it.[/p][/quote]The echo is no longer worth paying anything for!. I used to have it delivered everyday. I wont even use it for advertising my business for reasons i explained to their sales rep and she agreed!. The echo is no longer about local news, its more about repeating old news with a drama headline, or worse the reporters sat on their backsidewaiting for a story to pop up on facebook to write about. There are plenty of juicy stories going on in rural dorset well worth writing about but that would mean a reporter going out and asking someone. Man lost in field; coastguards called out to nothing atall; milkbottle smashed are not news. All these comments on this story are hopefully an eye opener at the echo office at a joke the paper is turning into. (Why are you reading this instead of buying the Echo 'i'mavoter' Dorsetvanman
  • Score: 10

2:53am Wed 23 Jul 14

JustNiz says...

It boggles my mind how Weymouth council are already well aware of the desperate need to attract more business i.e. visitors to the town, (especially in the winter), yet are bumping up the already ludicrous cost of parking anywhere near town even higher. Talk about clueless.
It boggles my mind how Weymouth council are already well aware of the desperate need to attract more business i.e. visitors to the town, (especially in the winter), yet are bumping up the already ludicrous cost of parking anywhere near town even higher. Talk about clueless. JustNiz
  • Score: 3

11:31am Wed 23 Jul 14

siriem says...

JustNiz wrote:
It boggles my mind how Weymouth council are already well aware of the desperate need to attract more business i.e. visitors to the town, (especially in the winter), yet are bumping up the already ludicrous cost of parking anywhere near town even higher. Talk about clueless.
50p? Ludicrous? What planet do you live on?
[quote][p][bold]JustNiz[/bold] wrote: It boggles my mind how Weymouth council are already well aware of the desperate need to attract more business i.e. visitors to the town, (especially in the winter), yet are bumping up the already ludicrous cost of parking anywhere near town even higher. Talk about clueless.[/p][/quote]50p? Ludicrous? What planet do you live on? siriem
  • Score: 3

6:26pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Westlain says...

Not sure why we pay for on-street parking anyway, motorists already pay road taxes. I suppose it's to pay for the cost of the parking meters and wardens. Wait a mo, I've got an idea......
Not sure why we pay for on-street parking anyway, motorists already pay road taxes. I suppose it's to pay for the cost of the parking meters and wardens. Wait a mo, I've got an idea...... Westlain
  • Score: 2

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