Drivers boycott carpark over fee hike

Daily Echo: Empty: Rumbridge Street carpark Empty: Rumbridge Street carpark

DRIVERS are boycotting a town centre car park after council chiefs went ahead with a controversial plan to levy charges.

The Rumbridge Street car park in Totton has 132 spaces – but most have stood empty since a pay-and-display meter was installed three months ago.

New Forest District Council ignored more than 70 objections and forged ahead with proposals to axe free parking.

A spot check by the Daily Echo revealed seven parking spaces were occupied. The other 125, including ten where people can park free for an hour, were empty.

Campaigners who fought the introduction of charges said some of their worst fears had come true.

Councillor David Harrison claimed that motorists were parking in residential streets to dodge the new fees, which range from £1.50 for two hours’ parking to £5 for 20 hours.

He added: “The car park is now just a great big empty waste of space.

“Hardly anything is being made through selling tickets.

Once the cost of the ticket machines and the wardens is taken into account it must be making a loss.

“Why would motorists pay up to £5 a day when they can park in nearby roads or even on grass verges.”

But a council spokesman claimed that more motorists were using the Elingfield and Winsor Road car parks, which were nearer Totton railway station, now that the Rumbridge Street facility was no longer free.

The number of pay-anddisplay meters in the New Forest rose in July following a review.

The spokesman added: “The business rates payable on the Rumbridge Street car park will have risen to £14,000 by next April so it’s important we generate as much revenue as possible, otherwise this will become a burden on the general council tax payer.

“The council doesn’t believe the general council tax payer, or those who don’t own a car, should pay for the provision of parking.”

The Rumbridge Street meter took a total of just £1,415 in July-September.

But the council says these are traditionally quiet months in Totton because people are away on holiday.

The spokesman stressed that the car park was still free at weekends and on bank holidays.

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11:33am Fri 26 Oct 12

mummsie says...

Cutting off these noses to spite their stupid faces ! Tut Tut New Forest District Council.
Cutting off these noses to spite their stupid faces ! Tut Tut New Forest District Council. mummsie

12:24pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Mr_Forest says...

Why don't they just turn it into a park and ride site along with Southampton City Council?
Why don't they just turn it into a park and ride site along with Southampton City Council? Mr_Forest

12:26pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Tottonion says...

Look out! Linden Homes are just a few yards from here, I wonder how many rabbit hutches they could get on that site? The council would get more from the site than car park charges.
Look out! Linden Homes are just a few yards from here, I wonder how many rabbit hutches they could get on that site? The council would get more from the site than car park charges. Tottonion

12:26pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Tottonion says...

Look out! Linden Homes are just a few yards from here, I wonder how many rabbit hutches they could get on that site? The council would get more from the site than car park charges.
Look out! Linden Homes are just a few yards from here, I wonder how many rabbit hutches they could get on that site? The council would get more from the site than car park charges. Tottonion

12:32pm Fri 26 Oct 12

BikerNick says...

"The spokesman added: “The business rates payable on the Rumbridge Street car park will have risen to £14,000 by next April so it’s important we generate as much revenue as possible" Who is the beneficiary of these Business Rate Charges ? I always thought that they went straight to the local Council.
"The spokesman added: “The business rates payable on the Rumbridge Street car park will have risen to £14,000 by next April so it’s important we generate as much revenue as possible" Who is the beneficiary of these Business Rate Charges ? I always thought that they went straight to the local Council. BikerNick

12:53pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Brusher Mills says...

Park by the library for free or behind Countrystores.
Park by the library for free or behind Countrystores. Brusher Mills

1:39pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Huffter says...

Mr_Forest wrote:
Why don't they just turn it into a park and ride site along with Southampton City Council?
How would you propose to turn Southampton City Council into a park and ride site?
[quote][p][bold]Mr_Forest[/bold] wrote: Why don't they just turn it into a park and ride site along with Southampton City Council?[/p][/quote]How would you propose to turn Southampton City Council into a park and ride site? Huffter

1:47pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Lone Ranger. says...

The question is ......... Why on earth would anyone want to visit Totton, let alone pay for the priviage of parking.
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Their two main attractions/faciliti
es are .. ...... Asda and a good Car Wash.
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The question is ......... Why on earth would anyone want to visit Totton, let alone pay for the priviage of parking. . Their two main attractions/faciliti es are .. ...... Asda and a good Car Wash. . Lone Ranger.

2:18pm Fri 26 Oct 12

acid drop says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
The question is ......... Why on earth would anyone want to visit Totton, let alone pay for the priviage of parking.
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Their two main attractions/faciliti

es are .. ...... Asda and a good Car Wash.
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dont forget the 99p shop
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: The question is ......... Why on earth would anyone want to visit Totton, let alone pay for the priviage of parking. . Their two main attractions/faciliti es are .. ...... Asda and a good Car Wash. .[/p][/quote]dont forget the 99p shop acid drop

2:39pm Fri 26 Oct 12

birddog38 says...

Having lived in Totton for 50 years now, the difference is remarkable! Totton is dying...
Charging for the once free car parks is only adding nails to the coffin lid! The council are digging the grave already without realising it!
No wonder Totton is know as "Rotten Totton"!
RIP Totton...
Having lived in Totton for 50 years now, the difference is remarkable! Totton is dying... Charging for the once free car parks is only adding nails to the coffin lid! The council are digging the grave already without realising it! No wonder Totton is know as "Rotten Totton"! RIP Totton... birddog38

3:15pm Fri 26 Oct 12

electrolux says...

What kind of sick person would go to Totton in the first place, let alone pay to park there? Worst place on the whole of the South coast.. no loss if it disappeared tomorrow.. If they want to raise cash they could charge people to leave Totton? Yes I'd be happy to pay anything to not go to Totton as would anyone else..
What kind of sick person would go to Totton in the first place, let alone pay to park there? Worst place on the whole of the South coast.. no loss if it disappeared tomorrow.. If they want to raise cash they could charge people to leave Totton? Yes I'd be happy to pay anything to not go to Totton as would anyone else.. electrolux

3:17pm Fri 26 Oct 12

good-gosh says...

Totton - a clean and orderly town, with parking for most beside their homes and downwind of fresh forests and heathland that bathes the town in oxygen.
Totton - a clean and orderly town, with parking for most beside their homes and downwind of fresh forests and heathland that bathes the town in oxygen. good-gosh

4:50pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

The only reason I'd have for being near Totton is when I go to poingdestre's for fishing gear and tackle.
The only reason I'd have for being near Totton is when I go to poingdestre's for fishing gear and tackle. Ginger_cyclist

7:03pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Brusher Mills says...

good-gosh wrote:
Totton - a clean and orderly town, with parking for most beside their homes and downwind of fresh forests and heathland that bathes the town in oxygen.
That's true in the morning the air is so fresh it reminds me if camping.
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: Totton - a clean and orderly town, with parking for most beside their homes and downwind of fresh forests and heathland that bathes the town in oxygen.[/p][/quote]That's true in the morning the air is so fresh it reminds me if camping. Brusher Mills

8:26pm Fri 26 Oct 12

geoff51 says...

electrolux wrote:
What kind of sick person would go to Totton in the first place, let alone pay to park there? Worst place on the whole of the South coast.. no loss if it disappeared tomorrow.. If they want to raise cash they could charge people to leave Totton? Yes I'd be happy to pay anything to not go to Totton as would anyone else..
Totton has one big advantage apart from the fact that you dont live there, is that its not part of Southampton.
Thankfully there is a large river that prevents them from taking us over.
I moved to Totton many years ago after most of my life living in Shirley and enjoy the peace and quiet, the fresh air, and the proximity to the New Forest.
Totton may not be perfect but it beats Southampton any time as a good place to live.
[quote][p][bold]electrolux[/bold] wrote: What kind of sick person would go to Totton in the first place, let alone pay to park there? Worst place on the whole of the South coast.. no loss if it disappeared tomorrow.. If they want to raise cash they could charge people to leave Totton? Yes I'd be happy to pay anything to not go to Totton as would anyone else..[/p][/quote]Totton has one big advantage apart from the fact that you dont live there, is that its not part of Southampton. Thankfully there is a large river that prevents them from taking us over. I moved to Totton many years ago after most of my life living in Shirley and enjoy the peace and quiet, the fresh air, and the proximity to the New Forest. Totton may not be perfect but it beats Southampton any time as a good place to live. geoff51

10:32pm Fri 26 Oct 12

befriendly says...

I've just moved here from London to escape the take with one hand, give nothing back with the other councils and am just wondering now how long before the yellow lines appear and parking signs pop up on every road within a mile of the town center and cannot the land, quietly be reclassified as common land to avoid rates.
I've just moved here from London to escape the take with one hand, give nothing back with the other councils and am just wondering now how long before the yellow lines appear and parking signs pop up on every road within a mile of the town center and cannot the land, quietly be reclassified as common land to avoid rates. befriendly

8:05am Sat 27 Oct 12

skeptik says...

My wife suggested a framed picture of Totton as a present - what the hell would I do with another wing mirror?
My wife suggested a framed picture of Totton as a present - what the hell would I do with another wing mirror? skeptik

10:36am Sat 27 Oct 12

josh1483 says...

geoff51 wrote:
electrolux wrote:
What kind of sick person would go to Totton in the first place, let alone pay to park there? Worst place on the whole of the South coast.. no loss if it disappeared tomorrow.. If they want to raise cash they could charge people to leave Totton? Yes I'd be happy to pay anything to not go to Totton as would anyone else..
Totton has one big advantage apart from the fact that you dont live there, is that its not part of Southampton.
Thankfully there is a large river that prevents them from taking us over.
I moved to Totton many years ago after most of my life living in Shirley and enjoy the peace and quiet, the fresh air, and the proximity to the New Forest.
Totton may not be perfect but it beats Southampton any time as a good place to live.
totton rules compared to shirley any way which has become poland
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]electrolux[/bold] wrote: What kind of sick person would go to Totton in the first place, let alone pay to park there? Worst place on the whole of the South coast.. no loss if it disappeared tomorrow.. If they want to raise cash they could charge people to leave Totton? Yes I'd be happy to pay anything to not go to Totton as would anyone else..[/p][/quote]Totton has one big advantage apart from the fact that you dont live there, is that its not part of Southampton. Thankfully there is a large river that prevents them from taking us over. I moved to Totton many years ago after most of my life living in Shirley and enjoy the peace and quiet, the fresh air, and the proximity to the New Forest. Totton may not be perfect but it beats Southampton any time as a good place to live.[/p][/quote]totton rules compared to shirley any way which has become poland josh1483

3:28pm Sat 27 Oct 12

electrolux says...

josh1483 wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
electrolux wrote:
What kind of sick person would go to Totton in the first place, let alone pay to park there? Worst place on the whole of the South coast.. no loss if it disappeared tomorrow.. If they want to raise cash they could charge people to leave Totton? Yes I'd be happy to pay anything to not go to Totton as would anyone else..
Totton has one big advantage apart from the fact that you dont live there, is that its not part of Southampton.
Thankfully there is a large river that prevents them from taking us over.
I moved to Totton many years ago after most of my life living in Shirley and enjoy the peace and quiet, the fresh air, and the proximity to the New Forest.
Totton may not be perfect but it beats Southampton any time as a good place to live.
totton rules compared to shirley any way which has become poland
if Shirley is Poland Totton is Romania, and by the way the Polish girls in Shirley are stunning, they make the English girls look dog-rough..
[quote][p][bold]josh1483[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]electrolux[/bold] wrote: What kind of sick person would go to Totton in the first place, let alone pay to park there? Worst place on the whole of the South coast.. no loss if it disappeared tomorrow.. If they want to raise cash they could charge people to leave Totton? Yes I'd be happy to pay anything to not go to Totton as would anyone else..[/p][/quote]Totton has one big advantage apart from the fact that you dont live there, is that its not part of Southampton. Thankfully there is a large river that prevents them from taking us over. I moved to Totton many years ago after most of my life living in Shirley and enjoy the peace and quiet, the fresh air, and the proximity to the New Forest. Totton may not be perfect but it beats Southampton any time as a good place to live.[/p][/quote]totton rules compared to shirley any way which has become poland[/p][/quote]if Shirley is Poland Totton is Romania, and by the way the Polish girls in Shirley are stunning, they make the English girls look dog-rough.. electrolux

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