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If you encourage parking meter destruction....

On 24 Oct 2012 at 8:15am Worried wrote:
If you express an opinion on this forum that supports the destruction of parking meters the police are likely to hunt you down and prosecute you for encouraging illegal acts, as they have done to others who have posted to Twitter and Facebook. It seems that the age of free speech is truly dead and buried.

So, it would be a terribly bad thing if more meters were blown up this year than in past years and absolutely devastating if all of them were blown up. No awards should be made, prizes given or accolades expressed. It would be even worse if the perpetrators took police advice and stopped using rookies to blow them up but instead gummed them up with that evil expanding polysterene glue that comes in aerosol type cans. No one should condone criminal damage and the perpetrators should consider the possible consequences of their actions very carefully.
On 24 Oct 2012 at 8:29am Pete wrote:
Mmmm, expanding polysterene glue - never thought of that......
On 24 Oct 2012 at 9:07am Sussex Jim wrote:
A quick squirt of superglue is quieter and more discreet. Don't forget to pretend to feed in coins, and then swear mildly that they won't go in- in case anyone is watching.
On 24 Oct 2012 at 10:44am Judge Montal wrote:
One could just dig a parking meter up like somebody did at Castle Ditch car park just recently. It may of been Tony Robinson of Time Team of course..
On 24 Oct 2012 at 10:53am Lovely Rita wrote:
It would be utterly wicked to condone the destruction of these meters, surely? Especially by explosive means. It's not as if we like a good bang in Lewes after all.
On 24 Oct 2012 at 10:57am Flipper wrote:
I've heard you like a good bang wherever you are Rita.
On 24 Oct 2012 at 12:05pm Hippy wrote:

"Don't follow leaders, just watch the parking meters"
as Bob Dylan sang on Sunterranean Homesick Blues.
..........Homesick BLUES ??
On 24 Oct 2012 at 12:10pm Dylan wrote:

'Subterranean' to be precise :-)
On 24 Oct 2012 at 1:55pm Blip wrote:
While I would never condone or promote the blowing up of anything, I do feel there is so much resentment against our current parking system (and I have heard that even more double yellow lines are planned for our delectation in the near future), I would say that the whole plan needs rethinking. We need reasonable opportunity to park our cars without incurring penalties, and we would also like to know what is being done with the money raised.
On 24 Oct 2012 at 2:35pm Realist wrote:
The only result of blowing them up will be increased council tax, and as mine is already £2400 a year, please can I suggest a little protest that is less expensive?
On 24 Oct 2012 at 2:35pm Realist wrote:
The only result of blowing them up will be increased council tax, and as mine is already £2400 a year, please can I suggest a little protest that is less expensive?
On 24 Oct 2012 at 3:02pm Brian the Parrot wrote:
How much is your council tax again?
On 24 Oct 2012 at 3:06pm Ed Can Do wrote:
If you're paying that much a year, one assumes you have either a garage or driveway and are therefore largely unaware of the issues caused by parking machines in residential streets.
On 24 Oct 2012 at 6:07pm Sussex Jim wrote:
I have a garage AND a driveway; and also pay massive council tax for the "privelege". But the very reason for having a personal chariot is to visit places like central Lewes. Having paid excise duty and VAT on my fuel, why should I be screwed further to leave it on the street while I visit the bank,etc..?
How about free parking for the first two hours?
Just a reminder that parking in Wealden district is free...
On 24 Oct 2012 at 6:29pm Realist wrote:
I have a garage and a driveway thanks, surely not outlandishly extravagant?
I also have controlled parking outside the house, where friends and other visitors get tickets unless they park down the road on a meter.
The council don‚??t care about exploded meters ‚?? it‚??s not their money ‚?? it‚??s ours, so ‚?? really, apart from the oh-so-careful and excited naughtiness of it all, who is it really penalising?
On 24 Oct 2012 at 9:10pm Deelite wrote:
Oh they do care about exploded meters! If they have to spend their (our) money on repairing the stupid things then there is less money to spend on other more crucial and pertinent things that we want. Then we get the hump and vote them out.
And they don't want this.

This is no justification for the continued destruction of parking meters, obviously not, obviously.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 10:54am teacher wrote:
I have a garage and a driveway and a campervan and a fridge and some money in the bank and I think I might be having lobster for tea. I am so lucky because I have also got loads of spare money to put in the parking meters. Life is good.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 5:25pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I wonder if anyone has ever worked out the additional council tax charged to cover the cost of replacing the meters in relation to the money saved by motorists while they're out of action?
I'd also like to know why the cost of replacing them doesn't come out of parking revenue. God knows, there must be enough of it, esepcially as the damn machines don't give change so people often have to overpay.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 8:42pm Worthago wrote:
It's a clear sign that Lewes people are hacked off with the parking laws, the meters and little blue hitlers should do one, its sadly Killing the town.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 10:38pm Metatron wrote:
would they make a suitable recepticle for those banned blue rookies?
But not lit of course, obviously.

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