Car Parkers won’t be fined
Friday 31st January 2014 @ 11:00 by Max Wieland

Drivers concerned about car park signs which continue to indicate free parking after 3pm across Tameside will not be fined, according to a Tameside Council spokesperson.

It follows complaints from shoppers visiting Hyde town centre last weekend where ‘Free parking from 3pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday’ signs were still displayed – even though the offer has actually now ended.

As reported last week, Tameside Council will now be charging during this period to help meet their challenging savings targets.

One unhappy shopper was Mike Riley, of Hyde, who visited the Clarendon Square Shopping Centre on Saturday after 3pm.

The 54-year-old told us: “I was warmly greeted by an elevated roadside billboard projecting from Union Street Car Park displaying the free parking offer.

“So happily I parked up and was about to go shopping when I noticed on the ‘pay and display’ meter that the post 3pm free parking had ceased.

“Is it legal to be lured into free parking only to find out you’ve been duped and become liable for a parking fine?”

A Tameside Council spokesperson said: “We gave notice to Clarendon Square shopping centre, which owns the sign in question, of the changes to car park charges and asked them to review/remove their signs accordingly.

“We have not issued any penalty notices in car parks after 3pm on the key days during the transition period.”

Malcolm Angus, Clarendon Square manager, said: “I apologise for any confusion caused regarding the charges in the car park close to Clarendon Square.

“We are in the process of removing all the signage relating to the free parking after 3pm. Some of them are quite large and require specialist contractors which will take time to arrange and complete.

“In the meantime, we will look at a way of covering over the part of the sign which relates to the free parking to avoid any future confusion for shoppers.”