Parking to become easier with live feed

Parking to become easier with live feed

Parking to become easier with live feed

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A PARKING project is set to make visiting Dorchester easier than ever before.

Dorchester BID members teamed up with Dorset County Council in a project to make parking in the county town a simple task.

Not only has new parking space signage been erected around the town, there is now a live online feed available to point out the individual space capacity in different car parks.

And that’s not to forget the numbers of ambassadors waiting to welcome visitors.

The Dorchester BID has been liaising with Dorset County Council to have signage at the entrance to Dorchester’s main car parks showing spaces.

A second phase saw a series of variable message boards around the approaches to town showing the individual space capacity in the different car parks.

The BID then made a request to DCC that they placed a feed on to their ‘Dorset for you’ website showing this information, which is now in place.

The car park information is updated live to the site at five minute intervals so as to give a reasonably useful indication of spaces. Phil Gordon, Dorchester BID project director, said: “It has been really useful to be involved with this DCC project and we have contributed a few ideas.

“Our town ambassadors are out and about right now during the school holidays helping people find spaces quickly and giving them a warm welcome to the town.

“Their lives are much easier now as before we would have to go to every car park and count up spaces before relaying the information around town, now they just need to get close enough to read the sign.

“We know that the data is never going to be 100 per cent accurate but it’s a great indicator.

“The data live on a website is really handy for people planning a trip to town as it clearly will help them time their visit to avoid the busiest periods in the car parks.”

Mr Gordon added: “A short URL to see the page with car park info is tinyurl.com/mpvo45r useful one to bookmark.”

For more information visit dorsetforyou.com/travel-dorset/roads-and-driving/parking/car-parks-in-dorset/dorchester

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1:15pm Wed 13 Aug 14

JackJohnson says...

a) The TinyURL doesn't work.

b) Not much good checking before you leave home if you want to find a space when you arrive in Dorchester. The situation is very likely to be entirely different.

c) I assume the police will be watching for people using their smart phones to find a space while driving around.

Pretty useless and encourages people to break the law. If the car park space signs are never going to be 100% accurate why would the web site be any different. They'll be getting their feeds from the same source.

Also, can I have a Tee shirt to wear to dissuade the waste of oxygen ambassadors from coming anywhere near me please? I know enough about Dorch to know where to park and where to go once I get out of the car, thank-you very much.
a) The TinyURL doesn't work. b) Not much good checking before you leave home if you want to find a space when you arrive in Dorchester. The situation is very likely to be entirely different. c) I assume the police will be watching for people using their smart phones to find a space while driving around. Pretty useless and encourages people to break the law. If the car park space signs are never going to be 100% accurate why would the web site be any different. They'll be getting their feeds from the same source. Also, can I have a Tee shirt to wear to dissuade the waste of oxygen ambassadors from coming anywhere near me please? I know enough about Dorch to know where to park and where to go once I get out of the car, thank-you very much. JackJohnson
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2:58pm Wed 13 Aug 14

mr commonsense says...

I agree with most of the comments from Jackjohnson. The system is a total waste of time until barriers are erected on entry and exit,.
Would also mention the most helpful new spaces for Blue badge holders in the library car park/council offices. So we now lose another spot as 3 becomes 2 and these wretched people park wherever they like on yellow lines etc. I say it again, take a walk around this silly car park and calculate how many more cars could be parked using the existing space, who needs grass, which has to be cut, shrubs etc etc. What we need is extra centre of town parking but perhaps our local experts have never considered that.
I agree with most of the comments from Jackjohnson. The system is a total waste of time until barriers are erected on entry and exit,. Would also mention the most helpful new spaces for Blue badge holders in the library car park/council offices. So we now lose another spot as 3 becomes 2 and these wretched people park wherever they like on yellow lines etc. I say it again, take a walk around this silly car park and calculate how many more cars could be parked using the existing space, who needs grass, which has to be cut, shrubs etc etc. What we need is extra centre of town parking but perhaps our local experts have never considered that. mr commonsense
  • Score: 3

4:09pm Wed 13 Aug 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Isn't it a bit contradictory for a council that seems hell-bent on destroying as many of Dorchester town centre's parking availability as possible to introduce a high-tech scheme designed to help those who are looking for somewhere to park, albeit one which doesn't work?
Isn't it a bit contradictory for a council that seems hell-bent on destroying as many of Dorchester town centre's parking availability as possible to introduce a high-tech scheme designed to help those who are looking for somewhere to park, albeit one which doesn't work? CoogarUK.com
  • Score: 1

6:20pm Wed 13 Aug 14

JackJohnson says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
Isn't it a bit contradictory for a council that seems hell-bent on destroying as many of Dorchester town centre's parking availability as possible to introduce a high-tech scheme designed to help those who are looking for somewhere to park, albeit one which doesn't work?
A Find-Me-A-Space scheme tied in with smart-phone sat-nav apps might have been sensible.

Before you leave home (or when you're safely parked up somewhere near Dorchester) set your destination as Find-Me-A-Space, Dorchester and let it choose the route to where it knows there's (probably) a space. Would need a data connection, so it could update itself when it knows spaces are available, but it would be able to guide you to a space hands-free.

It'd be easier to just drag yourself out of your pit at stupid-o'clock and get there early.
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: Isn't it a bit contradictory for a council that seems hell-bent on destroying as many of Dorchester town centre's parking availability as possible to introduce a high-tech scheme designed to help those who are looking for somewhere to park, albeit one which doesn't work?[/p][/quote]A Find-Me-A-Space scheme tied in with smart-phone sat-nav apps might have been sensible. Before you leave home (or when you're safely parked up somewhere near Dorchester) set your destination as Find-Me-A-Space, Dorchester and let it choose the route to where it knows there's (probably) a space. Would need a data connection, so it could update itself when it knows spaces are available, but it would be able to guide you to a space hands-free. It'd be easier to just drag yourself out of your pit at stupid-o'clock and get there early. JackJohnson
  • Score: 1

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