DITCH THE FINE: Sign petition to get Huntingdon Towerfields landlord to scrap parking restrictions

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
12:00 PM

The Hunts Post is calling on the landlord of Towerfields leisure park, in Huntingdon, to ditch the fines after ­motorists were hit with £100 bills for overstaying a new parking time restriction.

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Last week, we revealed that Legal & General (L&G) had started to limit ­drivers to three-and-a-half hours parking.

It left several people with fines because they had watched a film before visiting one of the nearby restaurants.

Cinema-goers have the option to extend a stay to five hours – a necessity if they are planning to watch the latest ­instalment of the Hobbit film, which is just under three hours long.

Customers wishing to extend their stay to five hours must register their licence plate on a machine in the cinema’s foyer.

But many are concerned the signs warning of the time restriction are unclear and that the reasons behind the change are ridiculous – L&G says the initiative was launched to cut down on the number motorists parking at Towerfields and shopping nearby.

L&G also recently built new restaurant units on the site, cutting by 25 the number of parking spaces.

Since our report last week, we have been inundated with responses from angry readers, with many calling on L&G to scrap the fines.

Hannah Turner said: “I think the ­parking restrictions are ridiculous. You could easily spend more than three hours there by having dinner and going to the cinema. What about if you see a three-hour film? This needs to be scrapped.”

Ken Mackenzie also contacted The Hunts Post after visiting the site and prolonging his stay by registering his car.

He said: “The available parking has become inadequate as a result of a new development that removed parking spaces while adding more restaurants.

“It was entirely predictable that more pressure would be put on parking space and, as parking is clearly judged to be inadequate, deciding to go ahead with the development showed either very poor judgement, or perhaps plain greed, on the part of the landlord.

“I also extremely surprised to hear [according to a spokesman for Legal and General] that the scheme has the backing of the on-site businesses. If that is the case, it indicates something close to contempt for their customers.”

David Griffin said the prospect of fines would turn people to Peterborough instead of Huntingdon.

He said: “Fines of £100 make it much cheaper to go to Peterborough rather than use the Huntingdon complex. Therefore, I will definitely give Towerfields a miss.”

Janet Kelly called the scheme “idiotic”. She said: “What a really great shame that a fantastic resource such as the cinema and restaurant complex is so seriously compromised by the reduced parking and now an idiotic time restriction.

“We have had to abandon a couple of visits to Cineworld since the two new restaurants were built due to the lack of parking and so now we have to arrive at least 30 minutes earlier than we normally did for popular screenings.

“Huntingdon has a remarkable ­capacity to thoroughly discourage ­shoppers and visitors and send them off to nearby towns and cities – it must be the town’s particular skill these days.”

Angela Irons said: “Although I would have been as angry as other customers had I been fined £100, I had to laugh at the reason why it was allegedly introduced – to stop people parking there and shopping elsewhere. The shops in this area have more than adequate parking.”

INFORMATION: To sign a petition to get Legal & General to scrap the parking restrictions, visit www.huntspost.co.uk/news/ditch-the-fine.

13 comments

  • Ditch the fine!

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    Callum Wilkins

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I am writing this ON BEHALF OF Legal & General: We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The parking enforcement was installed as a deterrent, not a revenue generating scheme, and had the full support of the operators at Towerfields. We are in discussions with the operator to look at refunding all tickets issued to date and, in the meantime, the cameras have been suspended. We expect to be able to update people early in the New Year.

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    Tristan White

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Went to see the Hobbit 3 hour film, with getting tickets, popcorn it took me just over 3.5 hours and get slammed with a £100 fine and threats of enforcement action. It is a joke.

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    James Harding

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • The link for the petition does not work.

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    Ayala Marshall

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Is this a bit of back tracking by Legal & General as if the users of the car park had paid their fines nothing more would be said and the monies collected to make some revenue. Lets face it. Time allowed to watch a movie and then to have a meal far out weighs the time allowed to say in the car park. Whoever did the maths clearly had a profit in mind.

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    Netman

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Please see Legal & General's statement above.

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    Tristan White

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Is this a bit of back tracking by Legal & General as if the users of the car park had paid their fines nothing more would be said and the monies collected to make some revenue. Let’s face it. Time allowed watching a movie and then to have a meal far out weighs the time allowed to stay in the car park. Whoever did the maths clearly had easy profit in mind.

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    Netman

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Quote from L&G Code of Ethics: "We recognise our responsibility in terms of the contribution we can make to the well being of the communities in which we operate." and "Ethical behaviour is not only important to our customers, it is important to us that we do the right thing, both from our own perspective and from that of our other stakeholders. These include our suppliers, the communities of which we are part and, of course, our employees." Suggest we all write to Group Chief Executive, Nigel Wilson, to tell him what we think about how his company is applying its code of ethics. My letter of complaint is in the mail today.

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    David Basford

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Very short sighted and ridiculous. Hurry up St Neots cinema complex opening. Who parks at Towerfields and shops elsewhere? Where elsewhere?

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    agrilloyd

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • It's great the hunts post is responding to its readership. Not having a working link on this item makes all the effort it a bit pointless. Somebody needs an interview without coffee.

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    Lets.think.this.thru

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Parked as had done for numerous times before, Ate at KFC then watched Hobbit film. well over 3.5hrs. The new tiny signs high up on posts in the dark are ridiculous. never going back! Not Paying Fine.

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    jason.greenstock

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Is this a bit of back tracking by Legal & General as if the users of the car park had paid their fines nothing more would be said and the monies collected to make some revenue. Lets face it. Time allowed to watch a movie and then to have a meal far out weighs the time allowed to say in the car park. Whoever did the maths clearly had a profit in mind.

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    Netman

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Is this a bit of back tracking by Legal & General as if the users of the car park had paid their fines nothing more would be said and the monies collected to make some revenue. Lets face it. Time allowed to watch a movie and then to have a meal far out weighs the time allowed to say in the car park. Whoever did the maths clearly had a profit in mind.

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    Netman

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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