On 12 Aug 2011 at 2:28pm Puzzled Pete wrote:
If I go to Homebase and buy some nails I get nails.
If I pay my water bills I get water.
If I pay my Parking Charge I get.... what, exactly?
I've already coughed up 150 quid for road tax, so why do I need to pay to park on my street? I've done it blindly for the last few years, and its just hit me that it's absolutely ridiculous.
Can someone explain?
On 12 Aug 2011 at 2:37pm Country Boy wrote:
Pete - it isn't your street. If it was, you could decide whether you had to pay or not.
On 12 Aug 2011 at 2:42pm help wrote:
quite, alternatively feel free to park in your front garden, it wont cost you a penny. If you dont have one, knock down your kitchen and park there
On 12 Aug 2011 at 3:20pm DFL wrote:
I agree Pete, just what are the parking charges for.....to pay for Councillor expenses maybe ? to pay for that nice new high street ? But surely we should be allowed to park outside our house for heaven's sake ?
On 12 Aug 2011 at 4:15pm Puzzled Pete wrote:
Country boy and help - twats.
Is the answer to employ 30 odd traffic wardens? Their pay must come from the fees.
Is it purely to make some cash?
Were there really huge problems with parking in Lewes before the charges came in? I honestly don't understand. It's a pretty small town.
On 12 Aug 2011 at 7:35pm Twat No.1 wrote:
Why should you be entitled to a free parking space?
On 12 Aug 2011 at 9:19pm DAVE wrote:
No, there weren't any parking problems in Lewes before this scheme was introduced
There are a hell of a lot now though.
I'm in France right now and every town the size of Lewes I have visited has free on and off street parking. Their councils look after their business communities by providing space for their customers to park so they can bring revenue into the town.
All our councils seem interested in doing is generating revenue for themselves and lining NCPs pockets
On 12 Aug 2011 at 9:27pm Teachers Pet wrote:
Get a bike! Q.E.D.
On 12 Aug 2011 at 9:38pm onewhoknows wrote:
Write to the main man. John.Robbins@Eastsussex.gov.uk and tell him just what you think!
On 13 Aug 2011 at 2:11am Fairmeadow wrote:
Let's think it through. Imagine yourself a member of the controlling Conservative group on East Sussex County Council. It may be hard, but give it a go. You have to choose somewhere in the county to pilot an imaginative but expensive parking scheme that will inevitably annoy local residents, deter visitors and damage local business. Where are you going to choose? Not your own town, obviously. Somewhere no one votes Tory and half the opinion formers believe cars are tools of the devil? Sounds ideal.
On 13 Aug 2011 at 10:19am Mike wrote:
Therein lies the problem, Fairmeadow. The scheme is almost universally derided by the people who it affects but they have no way of getting it changed or abolished becasue it has been dreamt up and operated by a bunch of county councillors who it does not affect and so are happy to keep it going in the face of opposition. The people who it affects are unable to vote these fools out and so as a result it will remain to blight Lewes in perpetuity.
On 14 Aug 2011 at 4:49am expat two wrote:
In fact, there were problems with parking before the changes, but only because Lewes had a single traffic warden, a kindly old fellow if I remember. He just didn't have the time to police the whole town - it was therefore underfunded. The costs to police the parking rules properly would have risked rates increases. The current system has the combined 'benefits' of diverting rates liabilities away from the rich to the poor & middle classes, whilst also propping up a business (NCP). Tory win-win.