Richmond Gardens multi-storey changes to pay and display

Town centre car park changes to pay and display

Town centre car park changes to pay and display

First published in News

A CAR park used by shoppers visiting Bournemouth has changed to a 'pay and display' facility.

The Richmond Gardens Multi Storey car park is currently operated by an entry barriers system, meaning drivers can pay for the time they spend in the town.

However, now motorists will have to display tickets in their windscreens.

Letters have been sent to town centre workers who hold permits for the car park to warn them of the charges.

It reads: “The car park will no longer have an entry barrier system.

“It will be a pay and display car park for the foreseeable future; therefore you will no longer require the swipe card for the entry and exit of the car park.

“Your permit must be clearly display [SIC] in the windscreen of the vehicle, failure to display the permit clearly could result in the issue of a penalty charge notice. In future all permits for this car park will have the vehicle registration number on them.”

Currently, a permit for the facility costs £800 per year.

A 12-month permit for Richmond Hill's long-stay car park is £788.

A spokesperson from the borough council said: “We recognise that some customers prefer to pay when they leave the car park and it's our intention to reintroduce this system in due course.

“Unfortunately, the old system was no longer reliable, resulting in a significant number of customer complaints.”

She added that the new system is a “temporary measure”, adding: “The tariff at Richmond Gardens Car Park remains the same as previously.”

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1:48pm Tue 5 Aug 14

PokesdownMark says...

So you pay the best part of a thousand pounds to park but you cannot park a courtesy car there or borrow your partners car for a day? Money grabbing bar-so-and-sos!
Why do councils think they can behave like that? Oh yeah, monopoly position. Shame on them.
So you pay the best part of a thousand pounds to park but you cannot park a courtesy car there or borrow your partners car for a day? Money grabbing bar-so-and-sos! Why do councils think they can behave like that? Oh yeah, monopoly position. Shame on them. PokesdownMark
  • Score: 21

1:54pm Tue 5 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

Of course this won't affect the majority of people who very wisely take all their business to large retail parks and supermarkets where motorists are welcomed and parking is completely free.
Of course this won't affect the majority of people who very wisely take all their business to large retail parks and supermarkets where motorists are welcomed and parking is completely free. muscliffman
  • Score: 36

2:06pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bosco1 says...

I am glad I dont need to use car parks these days, sooner walk into town. But I have noticed places a few mins walk from the town, there is a car park in Oxford road that is cheap for daily parking.Also I have seen another one at /behind the old abbey life building. Boycott the Council ones.!!
I am glad I dont need to use car parks these days, sooner walk into town. But I have noticed places a few mins walk from the town, there is a car park in Oxford road that is cheap for daily parking.Also I have seen another one at /behind the old abbey life building. Boycott the Council ones.!! bosco1
  • Score: 14

2:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

We the wealthy motorists will pay.
However,the wealthy Council won't spend any money
on replacing the barriers.
We the wealthy motorists will pay. However,the wealthy Council won't spend any money on replacing the barriers. BIGTONE
  • Score: 7

4:21pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Hessenford says...

So rather than pay for the exact time we use the car park we now have to pay for a set period whether we want to or not, another revenue raiser against the motorist, no wonder high streets are becoming ghost towns.
So rather than pay for the exact time we use the car park we now have to pay for a set period whether we want to or not, another revenue raiser against the motorist, no wonder high streets are becoming ghost towns. Hessenford
  • Score: 16

4:47pm Tue 5 Aug 14

PokesdownMark says...

Hessenford wrote:
So rather than pay for the exact time we use the car park we now have to pay for a set period whether we want to or not, another revenue raiser against the motorist, no wonder high streets are becoming ghost towns.
That's a very good point. No longer do you have the ability to linger a little longer having unexpectedly met up with an old friend. Or stroll through the gardens because the sun has come out. What a grotty, cheap minded council we have!
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: So rather than pay for the exact time we use the car park we now have to pay for a set period whether we want to or not, another revenue raiser against the motorist, no wonder high streets are becoming ghost towns.[/p][/quote]That's a very good point. No longer do you have the ability to linger a little longer having unexpectedly met up with an old friend. Or stroll through the gardens because the sun has come out. What a grotty, cheap minded council we have! PokesdownMark
  • Score: 22

5:32pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Old Colonial says...

So this is to be a 'temporary' measure. Like the Winter Gardens and bus station sites no doubt!
So this is to be a 'temporary' measure. Like the Winter Gardens and bus station sites no doubt! Old Colonial
  • Score: 5

6:04pm Tue 5 Aug 14

nermal says...

I hate pay and display, this was the one car park I would actually use for that very reason. Hope they put it back sooner rather than later.
I hate pay and display, this was the one car park I would actually use for that very reason. Hope they put it back sooner rather than later. nermal
  • Score: 11

7:11pm Tue 5 Aug 14

spooki says...

How do you know how long you're going to be? It's so much easier to go about your business and lay afterwards!
I actually used my head and timed myself to the hour so I didn't pay for three hours parking when I've only been 2hr 55mins. Now I'll have to time myself before I've even gone anywhere.
How do you know how long you're going to be? It's so much easier to go about your business and lay afterwards! I actually used my head and timed myself to the hour so I didn't pay for three hours parking when I've only been 2hr 55mins. Now I'll have to time myself before I've even gone anywhere. spooki
  • Score: 4

8:32pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Minty Fresh says...

I never pay to park. Ever. It's a principle of mine since the Council decided to slap double yellow lines and parking meters everywhere for revenue generation. I can do everything I need to do shopping wise at Tesco or Castlepoint and never pay a penny to a money grabbing Council who are clearly hell bent on ruining our town centre businesses.
I never pay to park. Ever. It's a principle of mine since the Council decided to slap double yellow lines and parking meters everywhere for revenue generation. I can do everything I need to do shopping wise at Tesco or Castlepoint and never pay a penny to a money grabbing Council who are clearly hell bent on ruining our town centre businesses. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 10

8:55pm Tue 5 Aug 14

aquasplash3 says...

Minty Fresh wrote:
I never pay to park. Ever. It's a principle of mine since the Council decided to slap double yellow lines and parking meters everywhere for revenue generation. I can do everything I need to do shopping wise at Tesco or Castlepoint and never pay a penny to a money grabbing Council who are clearly hell bent on ruining our town centre businesses.
Some people might spend more money on fuel to get to the out of town places than it would cost for a couple of hours parking in town. Depends on which part of town you live of course.
[quote][p][bold]Minty Fresh[/bold] wrote: I never pay to park. Ever. It's a principle of mine since the Council decided to slap double yellow lines and parking meters everywhere for revenue generation. I can do everything I need to do shopping wise at Tesco or Castlepoint and never pay a penny to a money grabbing Council who are clearly hell bent on ruining our town centre businesses.[/p][/quote]Some people might spend more money on fuel to get to the out of town places than it would cost for a couple of hours parking in town. Depends on which part of town you live of course. aquasplash3
  • Score: 1

9:56am Wed 6 Aug 14

old git 2 says...

please will someone tell me what all the fuss is about - the Council have taken out the barriers and will put them back in the future.....

The charges are the same -
the only change is that you will have to actually think about how long you are likely to be away from your vehicle.- again not a problem if you use Ringo as you can just call and extend your parking period!

wow people are so negative ove ra non news story!!!
please will someone tell me what all the fuss is about - the Council have taken out the barriers and will put them back in the future..... The charges are the same - the only change is that you will have to actually think about how long you are likely to be away from your vehicle.- again not a problem if you use Ringo as you can just call and extend your parking period! wow people are so negative ove ra non news story!!! old git 2
  • Score: -3

10:02am Wed 6 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

The barriers have been unreliable in the car park for years, and the card readers a nightmare. And if you think £800 is bad, it used to be a whisker under £1200, and on first applying, they then sent a second sheet of terms and conditions that stated you could only park on the open air level for your hundred quid a month. Oh, and if there aren't any free spaces on the floor you are supposed to be on, you are supposed to pay for a space.

Incidentally, the article quite correctly picks up on the fact that they used the word 'display' rather than 'displayed', but the writer clearly failed to spot that the same letter calls it a mutli story - twice!

Of course, we all know the real reason for it becoming P+D - people will often buy an extra hour 'just in case', more money in the coffers! Surely replacing the entire parking system with meters will have cost at least as much as replacing the readers in the old barriers?
The barriers have been unreliable in the car park for years, and the card readers a nightmare. And if you think £800 is bad, it used to be a whisker under £1200, and on first applying, they then sent a second sheet of terms and conditions that stated you could only park on the open air level for your hundred quid a month. Oh, and if there aren't any free spaces on the floor you are supposed to be on, you are supposed to pay for a space. Incidentally, the article quite correctly picks up on the fact that they used the word 'display' rather than 'displayed', but the writer clearly failed to spot that the same letter calls it a mutli story - twice! Of course, we all know the real reason for it becoming P+D - people will often buy an extra hour 'just in case', more money in the coffers! Surely replacing the entire parking system with meters will have cost at least as much as replacing the readers in the old barriers? speedy231278
  • Score: 4

11:18am Wed 6 Aug 14

Tom_BH2 says...

Any idea what the tariff is? Might start charging for people to park on my drive 2 min walk away from town centre.....
Any idea what the tariff is? Might start charging for people to park on my drive 2 min walk away from town centre..... Tom_BH2
  • Score: 2

3:43pm Wed 6 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

Tom_BH2 wrote:
Any idea what the tariff is? Might start charging for people to park on my drive 2 min walk away from town centre.....
First two hours are only a quid. So, it actually works out cheaper to go back to the car, and come back in again on a fresh ticket than stay longer in one hit! (unless you want to stay for 24 hours)

6 £7
>24 £9
10pm-8am £1
[quote][p][bold]Tom_BH2[/bold] wrote: Any idea what the tariff is? Might start charging for people to park on my drive 2 min walk away from town centre.....[/p][/quote]First two hours are only a quid. So, it actually works out cheaper to go back to the car, and come back in again on a fresh ticket than stay longer in one hit! (unless you want to stay for 24 hours) 6 £7 >24 £9 10pm-8am £1 speedy231278
  • Score: 0

3:44pm Wed 6 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

For some reason half of the last post has been eaten...

Up to 2hrs £1
3 hrs £2
4 hrs £3.50
6 hrs £7
24hrs £9
10pm-8am £1
For some reason half of the last post has been eaten... Up to 2hrs £1 3 hrs £2 4 hrs £3.50 6 hrs £7 24hrs £9 10pm-8am £1 speedy231278
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Wed 6 Aug 14

West Howe Sean says...

Under the current system they cannot issue penalty charges as each customer pays for the time they have used when leaving the car park.

With Pay and Display if you under estimate the time you need they will have an opportunity to issue parking tickets.

Its all about ripping the customer off.
Under the current system they cannot issue penalty charges as each customer pays for the time they have used when leaving the car park. With Pay and Display if you under estimate the time you need they will have an opportunity to issue parking tickets. Its all about ripping the customer off. West Howe Sean
  • Score: 3

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