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April 11, 2008

*Shock News*! Guildford Borough Council are money grabbing bastards

The images below are all three pages of a letter that was sent to us recently from the wonderful Guildford Borough Council.  For those that cannot be bothered to read the whole thing, the primary focus of the letter is suggesting that residents have asked to have their roads restricted on Sundays as well as Monday - Friday.  Since GBC introduced its controlled parking zone, it has become nearly impossible to have a guest for the weekend without giving GBC money.  At least they could come over on a Sunday, but not if these plans come into force.  What's worse is that even if you do get yourselft or your guest a permit, there is very little chance of you finding a space should you for some reason decide to take your car out for the day (I guess it's our own fault for having jobs).  There is a woefully small number of spaces in all the residential roads of Guildford, especially as you get nearer the centre and none of the houses have driveways.  Take our road for example, there are 20 odd houses and 7 residents' bays, with a further 7 bays for anyone to park up to 2 hours.  These temporary bays happen to be right next to a pub, so you can guarantee they'll be full most of the time, leaving just the 7 residents bays for the whole street.  So where exactly do I put my car on a Sunday, when the single yellows are also restricted?

The astute among you (and those with time to read the letter) will also have noticed the very subtle slip in of charging full price in public car parks on a Sunday as well.  It's bad enough that they've stopped bank holiday discounts - they too are now charged at full rate - they now want to sneak that little one in on us too?

Now if you also bear in mind that GBC are reducing the number of parking spaces in Guildford, not increasing them, and you have a system where they are making it impossible to drive to Guildford if you don't live here, and difficult to own a car if you do live here!

I also wonder which residents would complain about people parking on a Sunday near there houses, when they more than likely need to do it themselves!  Surely the easiest way to get people to stop parking in residential areas is to make the town centre parking cheaper not more expensive.

GBC can expect a strongly worded reply from me at least.

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