Anger over parking fines dished out in Bexleyheath - despite ticket machines not working

Anger over parking fines dished out in Bexleyheath - despite ticket machines not working

Stella Hines and Ann Chambers are not happy about the situation at Oaklands Car Park

Oaklands Car Park

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COACH companies which help boost tourism in Bexleyheath say there are being driven out of the town by faulty ticket machines.

Ann’s Eurostays and C.L.T.C Ltd have brought in bus loads of tourists from all over Europe for the past 25 years.

Up to 10 ten coaches a night from the Bexley-based firms use Oaklands Car Park.

But Ann Chambers, 70, who runs Ann’s Eurostays, says her drivers are threatening to steer clear of Bexleyheath because they keep getting fined - despite the machines not working.

She told News Shopper: "They’re trying to pay but the machines have been covered up and their foreign credit cards aren’t accepted.

"My drivers are threatening not to come back - if they don’t, that’s my business down the drain.

"Don’t forget this is our livelihood. We’re trying to earn a crust of bread."

For around two weeks the pay and display booths in Oaklands Car Park were covered up and around six drivers slapped with a £65 fine.

Stella Hines, who runs Sidcup-based coach company C.L.T.C Ltd, has also had trouble with the 136-space car park.

She said: “Each year we’re bringing business to Bexleyheath and helping the area but the council don’t seem bothered.

“We want to know where we stand and what’s happening.”

A Bexley Council spokesman said there is coach parking available in the Nags Head Car Park in Welling and signs will be put up in Oaklands Car Park shortly to inform motorists.

She said: “We are sorry some coach drivers have experienced difficulties when using Oaklands Car Park recently.

“Repairs to the pay and display machines are carried out as soon as possible once we have been made aware of any faults.

"Unfortunately, the supplier of our phone and pay service, Bemrose Booth, is not able to process foreign registered payment cards.

“We would be happy to come to an arrangement with any foreign coach drivers to pay in advance, if they contact us.”

A BemroseBooth spokesman says the firm now accepts international credit and debit cards, and businesses across Bexley can pay for parking in advance.

For more information phone 01727 229 226.

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5:26pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Dartbored says...

"There's coach parking available in the Nags Head, Welling"?

Is the Bexley council spokesperson being serious, or is she just having a laugh with the NS reporter?
"There's coach parking available in the Nags Head, Welling"? Is the Bexley council spokesperson being serious, or is she just having a laugh with the NS reporter? Dartbored
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6:49pm Fri 15 Feb 13

handymanchris says...

I wouldn't park my car by the nags head let alone a coach!
I wouldn't park my car by the nags head let alone a coach! handymanchris
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9:45am Sat 16 Feb 13

Marty1979 says...

Curious what tourism in Bexleyheath these coach loads for foreigners have come for
Curious what tourism in Bexleyheath these coach loads for foreigners have come for Marty1979
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11:55am Sat 16 Feb 13

gunner1740 says...

Indeed ! What on earth has Bexleyheath got to offer Jonny foreigner ?
I am struggling to even find anything there that cant be found anywhere else in the UK or indeed Europe, maybe its the Saturday night fights, the mountains of litter blowing around the Broadway. Perhaps they have old photo's of this once smart market town before it became part of Saaaaarf Laaandon !!!
Indeed ! What on earth has Bexleyheath got to offer Jonny foreigner ? I am struggling to even find anything there that cant be found anywhere else in the UK or indeed Europe, maybe its the Saturday night fights, the mountains of litter blowing around the Broadway. Perhaps they have old photo's of this once smart market town before it became part of Saaaaarf Laaandon !!! gunner1740
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12:17pm Sat 16 Feb 13

madras says...

Great local newspaper photo - arms folded / stern expressions - 'check'

And given the council is happy to arrange payment in advance, what's the story?
Great local newspaper photo - arms folded / stern expressions - 'check' And given the council is happy to arrange payment in advance, what's the story? madras
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5:52pm Sat 16 Feb 13

handymanchris says...

Whats the story morning glory?
Whats the story morning glory? handymanchris
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6:12pm Sat 16 Feb 13

ksc says...

The answer is simple Bexley Council could suspend parking charges until their broken machines are fixed.....yep I can really see that happening.
The answer is simple Bexley Council could suspend parking charges until their broken machines are fixed.....yep I can really see that happening. ksc
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7:40pm Sat 16 Feb 13

madras says...

ksc wrote:
The answer is simple Bexley Council could suspend parking charges until their broken machines are fixed.....yep I can really see that happening.
you'd have thought so but apparently no, far more sensible to suspend parking - that way nobody wins!
[quote][p][bold]ksc[/bold] wrote: The answer is simple Bexley Council could suspend parking charges until their broken machines are fixed.....yep I can really see that happening.[/p][/quote]you'd have thought so but apparently no, far more sensible to suspend parking - that way nobody wins! madras
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9:54am Mon 18 Feb 13

goldenbroomboy says...

Perhaps the tourists don't know England very well, & think they really are in London?

Although passing off Bellegrove Road as Oxford Street is going to be difficult.
Perhaps the tourists don't know England very well, & think they really are in London? Although passing off Bellegrove Road as Oxford Street is going to be difficult. goldenbroomboy
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6:08pm Thu 21 Feb 13

LottieVictoria says...

Coach parking in nags head car park ! Not at lot of space in there at the moment, letalone for coaches to turn round with cars parked in there ! Bexley council have sectioned nearly half of it off for all the roadwork materials they are storing there at the moment !!!
Coach parking in nags head car park ! Not at lot of space in there at the moment, letalone for coaches to turn round with cars parked in there ! Bexley council have sectioned nearly half of it off for all the roadwork materials they are storing there at the moment !!! LottieVictoria
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2:15pm Fri 22 Feb 13

reptiles says...

bit confused.com so they are saying 10 coaches of foreign people a night stay in the car park so where do all the people on these coaches go and stay plus why park in bexleyheath if the company is in sidcup do they not have thier own parking for a coach company?? The whole idea of the phone & pay scheme means that there is no longer need for machines - not many left in bexley these days plus it does state "A BemroseBooth spokesman says the firm now accepts international credit and debit cards, and businesses across Bexley can pay for parking in advance. " so if they know thier coaches need to park why not pay in advance - problem solved!! If they know these coaches are coming in why cant the company pay and then charge the drivers.
bit confused.com so they are saying 10 coaches of foreign people a night stay in the car park so where do all the people on these coaches go and stay plus why park in bexleyheath if the company is in sidcup do they not have thier own parking for a coach company?? The whole idea of the phone & pay scheme means that there is no longer need for machines - not many left in bexley these days plus it does state "A BemroseBooth spokesman says the firm now accepts international credit and debit cards, and businesses across Bexley can pay for parking in advance. " so if they know thier coaches need to park why not pay in advance - problem solved!! If they know these coaches are coming in why cant the company pay and then charge the drivers. reptiles
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