I asked Ellie to comment on the recent news about people parking in parking bays that have been allocated for parents with children.
"As discussed in my article following the recent judgment from the Court in November 2015, it seems that now supermarkets are imposing similar sanctions in relation to parent and child and disabled parking bays.
We have all been guilty of it, haven’t we? Thinking;
“I will just park in the parent and child bay as I only need a pint of milk, I’ll be 2 minutes.”
The decision to impose these fines seems to be along similar lines as the Court's decision, in that they are a penalty for misuse which is designed to be a deterrent and not a money making scheme and to ensure that the right people use the designated bays. So, again the question is, would you rather pay 79p or £100.79 for a pint of milk?"
Peter Bowden, partner at Knight Frank, which manages the Parkway Shopping Centre said: “The parking management scheme has been introduced in response to complaints from shoppers and visitors to The Parkway about the misuse and abuse of the disabled and parent and child parking spaces. “The designated spaces are often occupied by people not entitled to use them and therefore not available for use by blue badge holders or parents with toddlers.” He also stressed that the new parking enforcement was not a scheme to make money. He said: “The penalty for misuse is designed to be a deterrent and is certainly not a money spinning scheme. We couldn’t be happier if a fine was never imposed.” And the new rules seems to have had a positive response from shoppers.