ANPR system given green light for Bourne End

New ANPR system does not fix the problem of illegal parking, resident claims

New ANPR system does not fix the problem of illegal parking, resident claims

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

INCONSIDERATE drivers would be less likely to park on double yellow lines if the grace time for a new parking system in Bourne End was longer than 10 minutes, an important public figure claimed.

A new Automatic Number Plate Recognition system is currently being implemented in Wakeman Road car park, in Bourne End, with the system planned to go live in September.

The chairman of the village residents association, Jim Penfold, thinks the ANPR system is good, but claims if the 10 minute grace period (which is free for drivers) was longer, less people would consider parking illegally next to the Co-operative store on the same road.

He said: “I think most people in the area are alright with the new system, but I would say the biggest bugbear for everyone is people parking on double yellow lines outside the Co-op.

“I am not sure if it would make a complete difference, but if the 10 minute grace was extended to maybe 20 minutes, half an hour, people might stop parking dangerously and illegally.

“I know it doesn’t cost too much for an hour but it would put people off shopping as it does take more than 10 minutes to quickly go in the shop and do your shopping.”

Wakeman Road car park is one of many car parks across the district to be changed over to the new system by Wycombe District Council.

WDC spokesman Sue Robinson said: “We allow a reasonable time for people to find a space to park, get organised and also to use recycling facilities.

“We do charge for parking time beyond this. We haven’t changed our parking tariffs but it could be considered at our next annual review.”

What do you think about the new ANPR system in Wakeman Road car park? Have your say by emailing andrew.colley@london.newsquest.co.uk

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10:29am Sat 16 Aug 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

... an important public figure ...

Do BFP journalists ever think about what they write? Did Colley check this phrase with 'The chairman of the village residents association, Jim Penfold,' before using this?
[italic]... an important public figure ... [/italic] Do BFP journalists ever think about what they write? Did Colley check this phrase with 'The chairman of the village residents association, Jim Penfold,' before using this? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: -3

11:00am Sat 16 Aug 14

Knowitallnewby says...

Unfortunately you don't get anything for free nowadays, if they give this car park half an hours grace, then the others should follow suit.
These people who park on double yellow lines would park there even if the car park was free. So get the ticket man out there for a few weeks to issue these inconsiderate drivers a ticket. That should scare them off for a while.
It all balls down to being tight and lazy. Don't want to buy a ticket, and walk too far, just for a 10 minute shop in the co op . Then let them get a parking ticket.
Unfortunately you don't get anything for free nowadays, if they give this car park half an hours grace, then the others should follow suit. These people who park on double yellow lines would park there even if the car park was free. So get the ticket man out there for a few weeks to issue these inconsiderate drivers a ticket. That should scare them off for a while. It all balls down to being tight and lazy. Don't want to buy a ticket, and walk too far, just for a 10 minute shop in the co op . Then let them get a parking ticket. Knowitallnewby
  • Score: 7

8:10pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Lividov says...

Oh dear. If there was one place where I thought the parking worked so well it was in Bourne End. You had the strip along the parade of shops for free which works and if you want to stay longer then you use the car park which was 30p. Fantastic value. If it's now going to be the same as Marlow then perhaps I'll have to rethink. The pitfalls in trying to explain you weren't parked and disputing your 10 minutes with their 10 minutes etc sounds as if it's just a new way to issue a parking ticket. Woohoo! Plus ça change!
Oh dear. If there was one place where I thought the parking worked so well it was in Bourne End. You had the strip along the parade of shops for free which works and if you want to stay longer then you use the car park which was 30p. Fantastic value. If it's now going to be the same as Marlow then perhaps I'll have to rethink. The pitfalls in trying to explain you weren't parked and disputing your 10 minutes with their 10 minutes etc sounds as if it's just a new way to issue a parking ticket. Woohoo! Plus ça change! Lividov
  • Score: 1

10:09am Sun 17 Aug 14

Agniesca says...

If I can park for one hour without paying on the High Street in Marlow, why cannot a similar arrangement apply in Bourne End
If I can park for one hour without paying on the High Street in Marlow, why cannot a similar arrangement apply in Bourne End Agniesca
  • Score: -1

10:21am Sun 17 Aug 14

s6blr says...

Bwahahahaha, another Bucks village screwed by the Parking N*zis of BCC.
Bwahahahaha, another Bucks village screwed by the Parking N*zis of BCC. s6blr
  • Score: 3

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