Tesco to take action on all-day freebie car parkers
Tesco are to employ a private parking firm to stop the store's car park filling up with drivers taking over a free all-day parking bay - in their free car park. On some days shoppers cannot find a space.
With the shortage of free parking around the town and the imminent arrival of many construction workers for the Redrow Homes building site, the management have had to take action.
Their application for planning permission to install number plate recognition equipment with information and warning notices was approved by Marlborough Town Council's planning committee on Monday (January 29).
The system will fine drivers £70 if they overstay the two-hour free parking time allowed for shoppers at the store.
Councillors were worried that some private parking forms have been over zealous in pursuing fines for the smallest infringement.
The Town Clerk will be writing to the Tesco manager to explain councillors' anxieties.
To the right is one of the warning signs Tesco submitted with their planning application - click on it to enlarge it.