Alternative to phone and park scheme trialled in Bexley

Business owners in Broadway, Bexleyheath, were annoyed about phone parking

Business owners in Broadway, Bexleyheath, were annoyed about phone parking

First published in Where I Live by

MOTORISTS in Bexleyheath who do not want to pay for parking by phone have been given an innovative new option.

Developer BemroseBooth Mobile has teamed up with Bexley Council to develop the facility for people to go into businesses to pay for parking.

A trial is up-and-running at The Bank restaurant in Broadway, Bexleyheath.

Motorists can pop in with their vehicle details and staff at the restaurant do the rest.

A 10 minute grace period allows people to pay for parking before becoming liable for a ticket.

BemroseBooth spokesman Robert Adamson said: "The app has been a long time coming to the parking industry.

"We wanted to take our time and really get it right so the system would run smoothly and effectively."

Businesses in Broadway complained to News Shopper in March that phone parking schemes and charging all day Sunday were a "joke" and cost businesses 40 per cent of their trade.

Owner of The Bank, Scott Collins, 28, was asked by the council to take part in the trial.

He was initially sceptical, telling News Shopper: "I don’t think it is going to work. It is an extra five minutes of me working for the council."

Mr Collins agreed to take part because "no-one else was going to do it" and said the new system has had a "slow" first two weeks because people did not know it existed, but hopes for improvement when signs go up this week.

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He said: "Hopefully it will work out for us. If it works here then in three months all the other places will have the same thing.

"We have just got to try it. The damage has already been done, we have just got to try to sort it."

A Bexley Council spokesman said: "We are currently trialling this innovative solution with one local business, which has worked with us to develop a new payment option.

"Once we have completed the trial we will be able to roll it out to any business who wishes to become involved, but the purpose of the trial is to make sure it works properly first."

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2:52pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Paul MaGuire says...

The phone and pay system works fine. At least now people who do not have any phone battery can pay for parking!!!
The phone and pay system works fine. At least now people who do not have any phone battery can pay for parking!!! Paul MaGuire
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5:51pm Fri 27 Apr 12

DrDBexley says...

"A 10 minute grace period allows people to pay for parking before becoming liable for a ticket. "

Down from the standard 15 minute grace period then!?

And seriously the council \ parking firm should consider re-imbursing those businesses whose premises, facilities and staff will be employed to facilitate this new system. It is, afterall, a useless system without these peoples involvement
"A 10 minute grace period allows people to pay for parking before becoming liable for a ticket. " Down from the standard 15 minute grace period then!? And seriously the council \ parking firm should consider re-imbursing those businesses whose premises, facilities and staff will be employed to facilitate this new system. It is, afterall, a useless system without these peoples involvement DrDBexley
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9:40am Sat 28 Apr 12

oldblackfener says...

So, the many elderly and others, who are not part of the ‘i-realm’, have precisely 10 minutes to run to a restaurant which they have to hope is open. Here we go again: Another bazaar act from La-La-Land in the Civic Offices.
So, the many elderly and others, who are not part of the ‘i-realm’, have precisely 10 minutes to run to a restaurant which they have to hope is open. Here we go again: Another bazaar act from La-La-Land in the Civic Offices. oldblackfener
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1:48pm Mon 30 Apr 12

Invicta58 says...

If I recall correctly the Mobile payments system was headlined as “innovative”. So innovative that it was no use to people without mobiles and now needs replacing with yet another “innovative” solution.

Typical Bexley Council – all style over substance and money wasted on poorly implemented “great ideas”. If only someone would invent handy little things like coins.
If I recall correctly the Mobile payments system was headlined as “innovative”. So innovative that it was no use to people without mobiles and now needs replacing with yet another “innovative” solution. Typical Bexley Council – all style over substance and money wasted on poorly implemented “great ideas”. If only someone would invent handy little things like coins. Invicta58
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