think again on £5 parking charge
group in discussion with Council over level of tariff level
have reconsidered a plan to charge £5 to park for up to two
hours in the store car park.
are now discussing the tariffs to be imposed with London Borough
of Hounslow with a view to enforcing new charges in the near future.
original scheme would possibly have been in breach of the covenant
which placed conditions on the use of the car park. A spokesperson
for Hounslow Council said of the plan, "the matter is going
to be discussed with the Borough Solicitors with regard to a potential
breach of a Section 106 legal agreement."
agreement between Sainsbury's, Clerical Medical and Hounslow Council
was made in 1984. It 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."
A £5 charge for two hours would have been considerably higher
than any car park in the borough.
for Sainsbury's said, "Sainsbury’s is currently working with
the Council to agree tariffs, which will take customer short-term
parking needs into consideration."
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 it 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 over parking. It is hoped that the new system will discourage
out-of-town commuters. Research shows that abuse by commuters means
the car park reaches 50% capacity by 9:00 am, and 99% capacity by
Baterip, Store Manager of Chiswick Sainsbury’s commented: “It’s
a primary issue for us that Chiswick shoppers can park with ease.
It’s crucial to our service – in fact, it’s why we have a car park
in the first place. Unfortunately, many commuters take advantage
of our parking system because it is next to the Chiswick Park tube
station. The result is that customers who shop at our store and
on the high street cannot find a place to park. We’re concerned
that if we don’t put these necessary measures into place, Chiswick
shops will suffer.”
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