Mark Butcher, the South Croydon-based guitar legend and occasional Test match batsman, has been in touch with Inside Croydon with what he calls a “rant on behalf of all the other dopes that were and will be booked down there”.
Butcher’s ire has been raised by what he sees as deliberately misleading parking restrictions signs on South End, outside what used to be called the Fish and Grill in South Croydon.
Butcher’s distrust of the local authority appears well-placed.
With road works going on along the main road (to what actual end remains unclear; the council regards this as “improvements”. We shall see), a number of parking bays outside some of the local businesses and restaurants have been subject to a change of times and terms.
Butcher sent us a photograph of the parking suspension sign that the council has placed for the guidance of motorists looking for a place to park.
“At first glance one could be forgiven that parking was suspended from 8am to 5pm from March 28 to June 20,” Butcher said.
The sign is ambiguous – could it mean that parking is restricted between 8am and 5pm on those dates? If suspended for the entire period, why bother including the times of day?
Certainly, some motorists seemed to think so, because on Wednesday evening at 9pm, when Butcher next visited, every parking bay was occupied, and every vehicle had a ticket.
“Clever sign!” Butcher noted, bitterly.
Three months of the council scaring off potential customers with parking fines must please the local traders no end.
Croydon Council may not be very good at a lot of things, but they are in the top five in the country for issuing parking tickets.
In total, 108,409 parking tickets were issued by Croydon Council in 2013, generating around £6.5million in fines. Cushty.
Badly worded and ambiguous parking signs such as the one spotted by Butcher on South End no doubt contribute a chunk to the revenues in 2014.
Of course, the likes of Croydon Tory hard man Phil Thomas, who is responsible for the borough’s roads, never gets a parking ticket: he has two council parking permits which allow him to park wherever he likes. In two cars. Provided he is on council business, of course.
Croydon Council’s (real) motto? Proud to Serve (Themselves).
Coming to Croydon
- Private Peaceful, Charles Cryer Theatre, Apr 23-26
- Alison, A Rock Opera, Spread Eagle Theatre, Apr 23-26
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, Apr 23
- David Lean Cinema: Short Term 12, Apr 24
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, Apr 24
- Stop The Incinerator Beer and Bingo fund-raiser, Apr 28
- Future of Crystal Palace debate, Apr 30
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, Apr 30
- David Lean Cinema: The Railway Man, May 1
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, May 1
- Hauntology – the architecture of Croydon, Apr 5-May 2
- David Lean Cinema: Wadjda, May 8
- David Lean Cinema: Blue Velvet, May 10
- Norwood Society Talk: West Norwood – a place of change, May 15
- David Lean Cinema: The Invisible Woman, May 15
- Croydon RFC charity memorial day, May 17
- David Lean Cinema: The Rocket, May 22
- David Lean Cinema: Dallas Buyers Club, May 29
- Norwood Society Talk: The Concrete Church, June 19
- Crystal Palace Overground Festival, June 26-29
- Norwood Society Talk: War Memorials, Sep 18
- Norwood Society Talk: From Fire Station to Theatre, Oct 16
- Norwood Society Talk: Lambeth’s Archives, Nov 20
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