as Highbridge's Asda bans residents from using its car park
Highbridge residents have hit out at supermarket giant Asda this
week after the store introduced controversial new restrictions on
who can use its car park.
has introduced a two-hour maximum stay for its customers and signs
installed this week state that the car park is a "customer-only
car park for use only whilst shopping in store."
has employed a contractor, ParkingEye Limited, to use number plate
recognition cameras to monitor usage and serve £70 fines on
those who break the rules.
residents say they rely on the car park due to a lack of local parking
spaces in the town centre, with nearby side roads already full.
Asda staff member told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that the store
has been forced to introduce the charges due to "misuse"
of the car park that led to too few spaces being available for shoppers.
councillor John Parkes told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have been
contacted by many residents this week who are rightly furious that
these restrictions have been introduced without any proper consultation."
new rules have suddenly been brought in with no regard for residents
which, given that Asda claims to be a community-minded organisation,
are shocking. To say that residents are fuming is an under statement."
added: "I have been in contact with Sedgemoor District Council
to clarify the position for residents who have previously parked
in the Asda car park for several years."
have seen a letter stating that there is 'no legal requirement'
for Asda to provide parking spaces for residents, but the district
council negotiated with Asda for it to provide some spaces several
that Church Street is mainly double yellow lined and side roads
are already filled with parked vehicles, this is a real problem
for the town."
new restrictions appear to have been a knee-jerk reaction to residents
using the car park without any thought of the follow-on consequences
for the local community."
residents have this week criticised Asda on social media for the
Lee said: "Where exactly is there anywhere for Highbridge residents
to park if they cannot park outside where they live."
resident Tess Prodger added: "When we moved in five years ago
I spoke to the store who said it was no problem to park there."
Reid said late on Thursday evening: "Asda car park at this
moment is all but empty, the streets are chocker. A compromise surely
8pm to 8am could be for residents to continue to park there. Although
I've never seen it full to no parking places left in all the time
Asda has been there."
resident, Laura Cooper, adds: "I've been in Asda and spoke
to the manager. The car park is owned by Asda, not the council,
and they said due to cars being dumped and left in the car park
untaxed they have installed the cameras. I asked what about residents
and he said that they can't park there overnight anymore from when
the cameras are turned on."
has asked Asda for formal clarification on the new restrictions.
A spokesman told us on Friday: "Our aim is to make shopping
with Asda as easy as possible, so to ensure that all of our customers
have access to a parking space when they visit our Highbridge store,
we have recently introduced a two hour parking limit. For those
customers who need a little more time to finish their shop just
need to let one of our colleagues know."