Well done, all.
Every so often, I see a complaint in our local papers or on Facebook about the car park at Ropery Road.
The council have to charge for parking in order to pay back the loan, and, inevitably, this means they must have some means of enforcing payment from those who fail to obey the rules.
Now, I am sure some complaints can be justified – signage could be improved – but complaints from those who have broken the rules simply do not make sense. It is a car park. It is not a place to stop to take a phone call, nor is it a short cut if Ropery Road is blocked. The latest complaint I have seen is from a visitor who had a wonderful time here, but will not come again because he (or she) got a fine as a result of bad parking, with their car over the line into an adjoining parking space. Rather than dissing the entire town, perhaps the answer is to learn to park properly! I don’t drive – never have – but the people I know who do drive take some care and pride in parking properly. The trouble with bad parking like this is that, if the car park is at all busy, the problem perpetuates itself throughout the day, and often long after the original parker has gone.
As I understand it, the town council get the fees from proper parking, while the company they have engaged make their money from the parking fines. Inevitably, that company is not going to be very sympathetic to someone who has admittedly broken the rules but still thinks that they have been hard done by.
Welcome back, Thomas Carr at the Olive Room. They reopened last week, and I had a most enjoyable meal there last Friday. Sadly, the German Pinot Noir wine I raved about last year in finished, and last week’s menu had more sea food on than I would like. Even so, I enjoyed the pork belly starter and venison main course. The prices have gone up a little, but still represent a bargain for food of this quality.
On 11th March, bikers are having a protest ride at the lenient sentence handed down to the killer of Aiden Platt.
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