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Bonkers Blog December 2014

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16 December (Part 2) - Bexley parking services. Up to their old tricks again

Abbey Road PenaltyAfter the Abbey Road resident told me about the daily nightmare of parking there and my reminder of how Bexley council is deliberately profiteering with their inadequate signage, I thought I might revisit the scene of their daily crimes.

The basic problem is that there is a very long parking bay with a £3.80 for two hours ticket machine at each end. However neither the machines nor the signs on poles mention that non-residents may only park very close to the machine. It’s a trap and typical of Bexley council.

My short walk did not go unrewarded. As usual Bexley council had helped itself to another £110 - plus of course the outrageous £4.00 for two hours parking. Bexley’s machines don’t give change, legalised theft is right up their street.

Paid ticket StephensAs may be seen from the large version of Photo 1, Honda RY07 ZZW is parked about four car lengths from the ticket machine but that is not close enough for Bexley and the driver was not a clairvoyant; so is fair game to a council as dishonest as Bexley.

What annoys me just as much is that one of the Lesnes councillors lives in the next road to me and can’t be much more than five minutes walk from where Bexley council is cheating on a daily basis. You would have thought he might have noticed by now.

In the early days of BiB I used to email the councillor who supposedly looked after Lesnes Abbey ward, Conservative John Davey, who would systematically ignore me. Looks like Labour is not a lot better.

The paid ticket was displayed on the driver’s side, which may be a mistake if the CEO is particularly lazy. The photos are framed so that they all include the blue colour. Hopefully it will add to the driver’s evidence if he sees this report. Probably he won’t, there is a Barking and Dagenham Residents’ Permit behind the windcreen.

All complaints to Mr. Ben Stephens, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, Kent, BR1 3UH. Wear the blighter down.


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