Herefordshire Council rakes in £50k through motorists 'overspending' at car parks

Angela Siemieniuk says motorists are 'constantly being hammered' (7730626)Photo: James Maggs.

Angela Siemieniuk thinks motorists are 'constantly being hammered'. (7730628)Photo: James Maggs.

Angela Siemieniuk of Hat Trick store thinks motorists are 'constantly being hammered'. (7730630)

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A HEREFORD trader believes that something has to be done to help motorists after it was revealed that Herefordshire Council makes around £50,000 from people 'overspending' in car parks.

Angela Siemieniuk, who owns independent fashion accessory store Hat Trick and Foot Note in East Street, says that motorists are 'constantly hammered' which has a detrimental effect on city centre trade.

The council has confirmed £2.96million was generated in its pay and display car parks during 2013/14.

That includes around £50,000 of 'overspent' charges because change is not given.

Ms Siemieniuk, who is behind a campaign to stop on-street parking charges being introduced, said the money raised should be used to benefit the city.

"I don't know why charges can't be rounded up to say £1.50 rather than £1.70 because not everyone has the right change," she said.

"Some cities have free parking after 3pm or before 11am, which work really well.

"We're always told that the council hasn't got any money, but they have got £50,000 in overspend charges, so this money should be taken into account.

"They should also put the Merton Meadow car park back down to £2 all day because that is a car park used by a lot of workers, so you end up hitting them.

"Money needs to be used to benefit shoppers."

The council states that the cost of replacing its 60 pay and display machines across the county would be 'significant' and notices are in place to inform people that change is not given.

  • IN some council-run car parks, motorists can pay via their phone.

The service is meant to be quick and easy – once you’ve registered your card details, but county resident Andrew Doyle got a nasty shock when he was charged £1,409 for parking in Venns Close in Hereford.

“I asked for two hours of parking, which was £1.70 – or so I thought,” he said.

Mr Doyle, 46, from Shobdon, who works at the Hereford Times, was shocked when he received an urgent call 24 hours later checking whether he wanted 7,774 hours of parking – to May 2015.

“The money had already left my account,” said the father of two, who is the paper’s deputy editor.
“I phoned the council and was told nobody there could help – I’d have to contact the PayByPhone service for a refund.

“It was incredibly stressful – it caused all sorts of problems with my bank – though they did sort out the refund swiftly.

“I was told by PayByPhone I most definitely requested that amount of parking according to their records and that the service would have confirmed that amount.

“In other words – I must have done something wrong – but I don’t recall entering 7,774 or being told I was paying £1,400 – I can’t see why I would.” 

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5:29pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Crouchy1982 says...

They need all the cash they can get, leave them alone!!

We are the 'forgotten County'!!
They need all the cash they can get, leave them alone!! We are the 'forgotten County'!! Crouchy1982
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7:12pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

Look the Tory Cabinet who make all decisions in the County have no idea how to generate money except the easy way by being one of the County's who increased council tax then every six months they increase car park charges. None of this group live in the City they just look after their own patch and bank their generous expencies.
I should think there will not be any of them left after the next election in May but as I state they look after their own patch.
Look the Tory Cabinet who make all decisions in the County have no idea how to generate money except the easy way by being one of the County's who increased council tax then every six months they increase car park charges. None of this group live in the City they just look after their own patch and bank their generous expencies. I should think there will not be any of them left after the next election in May but as I state they look after their own patch. Mr.Herefordian
  • Score: 1

8:30am Fri 4 Jul 14

Hereford Voice says...

No surprises here...
No surprises here... Hereford Voice
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4:59pm Fri 4 Jul 14

steveinleo says...

Typical of this county to rip off the people by setting charges so that you donate 30p because the parking machines don't give change.

Herefordshire county council's motto on it's county signs is "Here you can" it should read "Here you can't" get change, get to the shops or work because of crappy roads, can't do anything thats fun, and can't find a loo because they're shut.

The only cut backs we get are to public services. Why not cut the managers managing managers in "Brockington castle". I bet the meeting banquets and expenses claims haven't been trimmed.

Go to any county surrounding us and you see a total difference in spite of the financial situation.

It would be most interesting to see how many £40 K plus staff are employed to drive desks instead of mowers, shovels and bin lorry's. They are the key workers in the council and not the "fat cats".

Perhaps the Hereford times should do a satisfaction pole for our council?
Typical of this county to rip off the people by setting charges so that you donate 30p because the parking machines don't give change. Herefordshire county council's motto on it's county signs is "Here you can" it should read "Here you can't" get change, get to the shops or work because of crappy roads, can't do anything thats fun, and can't find a loo because they're shut. The only cut backs we get are to public services. Why not cut the managers managing managers in "Brockington castle". I bet the meeting banquets and expenses claims haven't been trimmed. Go to any county surrounding us and you see a total difference in spite of the financial situation. It would be most interesting to see how many £40 K plus staff are employed to drive desks instead of mowers, shovels and bin lorry's. They are the key workers in the council and not the "fat cats". Perhaps the Hereford times should do a satisfaction pole for our council? steveinleo
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