No surprise that Wirral's car parking revenue is down

No surprise that Wirral's car parking revenue is down

No surprise that Wirral's car parking revenue is down

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I HAVE just read about council parking revenue down this year.

Surprise, surprise!

Nobody wants to pay £1.05p per hour to park in Birkenhead or Wallasey, when they can park in FREE car parks belonging to supermarkets; which, by the way, were full to the brim up to Christmas.

The new charges of £1.05 are cunning. If you don't have the 5p, you put in £1.10, £1.20 or more, but the machines don't give change.

When new meters were put in around Bridge Street / Tailor Street / George Street area, I was told each meter cost about £3,500 to install.

Before the meters, there were cars each side of the roads around this area, now, if you see one, you are lucky.

And what are the council spending the money on? The replacement of 'lit' road bollards with solar powered flat ones, on springs.

Count the number of these that haven't sprung back up? If you can see one lit, you know why so many are knocked down, because there is more light in a candle.

More wasted money are the electronic warning signs, even more thousands of pounds each, and displaying well out of date information, all the time.

It is not the shortage of money in this council, but how they decide to spend it.

Although they will be saving some money next year … they have made me redundant.

John Harrison. Ex-tramdriver/ museum technician

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9:25pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dave17 says...

Well said.
Well said. Dave17
  • Score: 5

11:03am Wed 15 Jan 14

uncatom says...

Ill thought out again by the bunglers at WBC.
Ill thought out again by the bunglers at WBC. uncatom
  • Score: 4

4:23pm Wed 15 Jan 14

benny07 says...

the parking revenue will drop even more WHEN THE NEW BIRKENHEAD MARKET IS BUILT ON PRICE STREET CAR PARK/CONWAY PARK TRAIN STATION,,BUT THEY WILL GET IN SOME RVENUE,WHEN THE COUCIL KNOCK DOWN THE OLD MARKET,AND TURN THAT LAND INTO A CAR PARK ,THATS THERE LABOUR PLANS,YOU CUD,NT MAKE IT UP ,ASDA THE PIRAMIDS/GRANGE PRECINT,& OWNERS OF THESE CO,S.WANT THE MARKET SCRAPPED FOR GOOD ,BUT THE TOWN HAS A ROYAL CHARTER,& A NEW MARKET MUST BE IN BIRKENHEAD,BEIT A VERY SMALL ONE,IN LINE WITH THE ROYAL CHARTER !!.WATCH VERY CLOSELY WHO MAKES AN EXTROUNDANARY,AMOUNT OF MONEY OUT OF THIS, SHOULD IT GO AHEAD WITH NEPTUNE AT THE FRONT,& MANY OTHERS WITH THERE FACES IN THE TROUGH,AGAIN,???& THERE CLLR FRIENDS.???
the parking revenue will drop even more WHEN THE NEW BIRKENHEAD MARKET IS BUILT ON PRICE STREET CAR PARK/CONWAY PARK TRAIN STATION,,BUT THEY WILL GET IN SOME RVENUE,WHEN THE COUCIL KNOCK DOWN THE OLD MARKET,AND TURN THAT LAND INTO A CAR PARK ,THATS THERE LABOUR PLANS,YOU CUD,NT MAKE IT UP ,ASDA THE PIRAMIDS/GRANGE PRECINT,& OWNERS OF THESE CO,S.WANT THE MARKET SCRAPPED FOR GOOD ,BUT THE TOWN HAS A ROYAL CHARTER,& A NEW MARKET MUST BE IN BIRKENHEAD,BEIT A VERY SMALL ONE,IN LINE WITH THE ROYAL CHARTER !!.WATCH VERY CLOSELY WHO MAKES AN EXTROUNDANARY,AMOUNT OF MONEY OUT OF THIS, SHOULD IT GO AHEAD WITH NEPTUNE AT THE FRONT,& MANY OTHERS WITH THERE FACES IN THE TROUGH,AGAIN,???& THERE CLLR FRIENDS.??? benny07
  • Score: 1

9:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

steady cyclist says...

Great to see off street parking so empty, it means people are using public transport, buses and trains, or cycling , all 3 great for the environmnet, and peoples health,and if there are less cars parked in pay and display there are less motorists driving which again speeds up the journey for public transport , and cyclists.

a win win situation.
Great to see off street parking so empty, it means people are using public transport, buses and trains, or cycling , all 3 great for the environmnet, and peoples health,and if there are less cars parked in pay and display there are less motorists driving which again speeds up the journey for public transport , and cyclists. a win win situation. steady cyclist
  • Score: -3

8:58am Sat 18 Jan 14

majors0151 says...

I visited alltringham last week 10 pence a hour to park £1 all day still got the parking ticket
I visited alltringham last week 10 pence a hour to park £1 all day still got the parking ticket majors0151
  • Score: 1

11:11am Tue 21 Jan 14

j_dill says...

steady cyclist wrote:
Great to see off street parking so empty, it means people are using public transport, buses and trains, or cycling , all 3 great for the environmnet, and peoples health,and if there are less cars parked in pay and display there are less motorists driving which again speeds up the journey for public transport , and cyclists.

a win win situation.
Its a nice sentiment, and I certainly don't object to the idea that there are less cars on the road. However what I'm seeing is that the traffic is redirected to large supermarkets and retail parks and away from shopping centres/high streets.

Anecdotally I notice that Croft Retail Park and Tesco (Bidston) is much busier in the last few years, and Birkenhead Shopping Centre is much quieter.

Win Win? Depends on where your shop is located..
Uncompetitive parking charges only hurt small independent retailers.. (what's left of them..)
[quote][p][bold]steady cyclist[/bold] wrote: Great to see off street parking so empty, it means people are using public transport, buses and trains, or cycling , all 3 great for the environmnet, and peoples health,and if there are less cars parked in pay and display there are less motorists driving which again speeds up the journey for public transport , and cyclists. a win win situation.[/p][/quote]Its a nice sentiment, and I certainly don't object to the idea that there are less cars on the road. However what I'm seeing is that the traffic is redirected to large supermarkets and retail parks and away from shopping centres/high streets. Anecdotally I notice that Croft Retail Park and Tesco (Bidston) is much busier in the last few years, and Birkenhead Shopping Centre is much quieter. Win Win? Depends on where your shop is located.. Uncompetitive parking charges only hurt small independent retailers.. (what's left of them..) j_dill
  • Score: 0

6:45pm Wed 22 Jan 14

spamfiend says...

steady cyclist wrote:
Great to see off street parking so empty, it means people are using public transport, buses and trains, or cycling , all 3 great for the environmnet, and peoples health,and if there are less cars parked in pay and display there are less motorists driving which again speeds up the journey for public transport , and cyclists.

a win win situation.
The problem is Steady is that the street parking isn't being used as people are shopping elsewhere where the parking is free. I understand your comments and would like to agree with them completely but there is a time and place for a car and today, if I didn't have a car, I would not have been able to complete the tasks I had to do.

As for public transport, the train is great and I use it all the time going to Liverpool and Southport and it is cost effective for a day out, but a bus is off for me. I am tall and cannot get my long legs into the seat so have to sit with one leg in the aisle so not very comfy, the cost is ridiculous and for some reason last time I used a bus, the driver decided to drive so slow I could have walked quicker and waited at every bus top even when no-one was getting on or off!
[quote][p][bold]steady cyclist[/bold] wrote: Great to see off street parking so empty, it means people are using public transport, buses and trains, or cycling , all 3 great for the environmnet, and peoples health,and if there are less cars parked in pay and display there are less motorists driving which again speeds up the journey for public transport , and cyclists. a win win situation.[/p][/quote]The problem is Steady is that the street parking isn't being used as people are shopping elsewhere where the parking is free. I understand your comments and would like to agree with them completely but there is a time and place for a car and today, if I didn't have a car, I would not have been able to complete the tasks I had to do. As for public transport, the train is great and I use it all the time going to Liverpool and Southport and it is cost effective for a day out, but a bus is off for me. I am tall and cannot get my long legs into the seat so have to sit with one leg in the aisle so not very comfy, the cost is ridiculous and for some reason last time I used a bus, the driver decided to drive so slow I could have walked quicker and waited at every bus top even when no-one was getting on or off! spamfiend
  • Score: 0

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