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Bonkers Blog January 2015

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2 January (Part 2) - Underhand and underlined

Parking ParkingI didn’t get a response from the driver unfairly ticketed on 16th December, putting the registration number on the blog was always going to be a long shot.

However I did get a message from someone who suffered the same fate a few days earlier. I am told that Ben Stephens, Parking Manager, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, Kent, BR1 3UH is not living up to his promise to the Places Scrutiny Committee to always look sympathetically at genuine claims of wrongful penalties. Did anyone think a parking manager would be a man of his word?

To save Ben Stevens getting out of his ivory tower, here’s a reminder of what he is apparently content to see in Abbey Road, Belvedere.

There is a tiny half obscured reminder to park within a marked bay and the marked bay appears to be in excess of 100 yards long. However hidden under the already parked cars - residents can park anywhere - is a divider between the residents only and the mixed paid and residents’ bays. Are drivers expected to crawl in the gutter on hands and knees to find it?

The restricted bays are effectively invisible, but that suits a dishonest council very well and Bexley has a council second to none for dishonesty.


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