LETTER: Motorist at mercy of parking firms

First published in Readers' letters

IN Blackburn town centre and there are car parks emblazoned with the logos of private companies such as CPM deterring motorists from parking unless you have coughed up an annual fee.

The latest example is at the end of Tontine Street.

If it’s not CPM it is NCP char-ging extortionate prices.

A question worth asking is just how much money these private parking companies make from people.

For example, NCP, owned by Macquarie, had assets in 2009 totalling 326billion US dollars.

They can make these kinds of profits when the public has to pay “through the nose” or shell out for permits.

It is now virtually impossible to find free parking close to the town centre. The council is not innocent in this situation – it has made both East Park Drive and Shear Bank limited parking areas.

Could someone explain this decision in light of the fact that these roads are hardly congested areas?

People are taking a hit on all fronts – pay freezes, increased pension contributions, cuts to welfare, increase in petrol and diesel and now having to put money into the coffers of private parking companies.

We all want the local economy to flourish so instead of putting barriers in the way of people, there should be strong encouragement to come into town to spend hard-earned pay.

I encourage others to comment on this disgraceful situation.

Alan McShane, Blackburn.

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6:59pm Thu 26 Apr 12

mavrick says...

Thr green lobby want to price you out of your car. The council has seen a captive audience to raise revenue. That is why I do not go to Blackbur centre for anything. why should I? there is nothing there I can't get on line and delivered to the door. As for Train travel I would use a station out of town. maybe the message would sink in.
Thr green lobby want to price you out of your car. The council has seen a captive audience to raise revenue. That is why I do not go to Blackbur centre for anything. why should I? there is nothing there I can't get on line and delivered to the door. As for Train travel I would use a station out of town. maybe the message would sink in. mavrick
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