food costs more at Sainsbury's
days of free parking at Sainsbury's end this week with the imposition
of a £5 charge for anyone who hasn't spent a tenner in the
controversy over Sainsbury's car park looks set to reach new heights
this week when shoppers discover the level of charges to be imposed.
The supermarket giant will be asking anyone who doesn't spend £10
in their store to fork out £5 to park for up to two hours
as of this Wednesday.
argue that the car park is becoming impossible to use for their
customers with commuters using it as a free park and ride car park
and other shoppers using but not shopping in Sainsbury's. The store
has the highest number of shoppers per square foot of any Sainsbury's
store in the country and the main complaint from customers is the
difficulty in finding a parking space. They claim that even at £5
the operation of the car park will be barely profitable and that
the scheme is being imposed to help shoppers rather than make money.
acknowledge that there could be legitimate reasons for people to
use the car park on a very short term basis such as parents at Belmont
School. Therefore they are considering a grace period which would
allow non-customers to make a shorter stay at the car park without
incurring a charge.
original agreement between Sainsbury's, Clerical Medical and Hounslow
Council was made in 1984. The agreement states "the use of
the Car Park shall be available for up to a maximum of 2 hours only
to all members of the shopping public on similar terms to those
subsisting in other Council car parks in shopping centres in the
Borough of Hounslow." The £5 charge for two hours is
considerably higher than any car park in the borough.
for Hounslow's planning department said, ""the matter
is going to be discussed with the Borough Solicitors next week with
regard to a potential breach of a Section 106 legal agreement"
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