|Cllr George Fairhurst who first negotiated resident to park on Aldi Car Park.|
Last week new signs have gone up and says the car park is for customers only and they can only park for 1.5 hours. Many believe that it is a public car park but it is not. Gateway when putting planning permission in all those years ago gave a verbal agreement that they would allow other shoppers to park there - this was because all the businesses where objecting and Gateway didn't want their application to fail. However, their agreement was verbal and no one knows the legality once the story was sold and sold again.
So to the present day position. Aldi area manager spoke with myself earlier this year and he was concerned that some people where parking there for hours. He told me that there is no way that they can see who are and who are not customers so that is not too much of an issue. However, the new signs are there to remind people about the 90 minute wait.
I have noticed that they have installed cameras that recognise your number plate when you go on to the car park and they will time you to see if you are there longer. It is important that you park there for 90 minutes are less, otherwise they will fine you and not overturn it.
I will be speaking with the area manager again this week to get an update and I will update the blog to say where we are up to on the matter.