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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Maidenhead Retail Park (2)

Posted by davidburbage on November 15, 2007

Further to my earlier post, it emerges that ING’s parking contractors are actively watching people to see if they leave the site so they can clamp vehicles and create a nice income stream.

I have escalated this with Theresa May who will no doubt be receiving complaints as well. The losers in this (apart from those who get clamped) are the shops on the site, who will be losing customers as a result. Unfortunately they are not responsible for the car park and have had to put up signs saying “please don’t talk to us about the car park” or words to that effect.

Everything is being done legally and above board, I am informed. It is totally crazy that this absurd practice is legal, common sense would dictate. £120 for setting foot outside a private car park is not a suitable or proportionate redress for the ‘wrong’ that the car park operators have suffered, in my opinion. I parked in Guildford on Tuesday – lost my ticket – and had to pay £5 for an exit ticket.

If someone tells me that I’m stupid, a punch in the face is not a proportionate response and I would be breaking the law. So why should car park operators be allowed to issue vast fines for similar low-impact transgressions?

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2 Responses to “Maidenhead Retail Park (2)”

  1. Paul Baker said

    To enable them to even begin to get away with it, they need clear notices viewable from where you park. I parked in that car park just a few days ago and did not see any such signs.

    I’ve no doubt they do get people taking advantage because the car park in question is only a few metres further from town than the payable multi-storey next door.

    A more sensible solution would be to have 1 hour free, after that you pay – a bit like the car park by the cinema and out of town stores in Bracknell.

  2. Charlotte Hay said

    I have had the misfortune to be clamped today at the said car park. I find it incredibly shocking that there is nothing in writing to warn you of the very costly consequences of “going off site”.

    I am also going to submit a complaint/appeal against this clamping which felt like a violation of human rights – particularly since the car park is not even owned by the shops.

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