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Pipeworks parkers hit by new four-hour time limit

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

The Pipeworks car park

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PARKING restrictions at a new retail development in Swadlincote could deter people from using its facilities, a town resident has claimed.

The developer behind The Pipeworks has introduced a four-hour parking limit, with no return within three hours, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

But Rokeby Developments says the restrictions are needed as motorists are using the car park for free all-day parking — taking up spaces intended for shoppers.

Gerald Sargent, who lives in nearby Coppice Side, said the changes were contrary to Swadlincote’s much-vaunted asset of free and unlimited parking for all.

He said: “Two years ago it was said that the good thing about Swad was that shoppers could park for free for as long as they want, but it seems that it’s gone right to the other side of the spectrum.

“I went up there last week and they are limiting you to four hours — and if you go over that by even two or three minutes you can get fined.

“If people maybe want to go to the Tall Chimney pub for a meal and then perhaps go to the Odeon cinema to see a film, they could easily go over four hours.

“I think it’s terrible and it kills off the whole ethos of what the centre is supposed to be about.”

However, Rokeby director Adrian Goodall said the move was necessary to ensure genuine shoppers could find a space.

He told the Mail: “We put the four-hour restriction on because the car park is getting quite congested, particularly with Christmas trading coming up.

“We’ve established there are a number of people parking there all day — to the detriment of people who want to use the facilities to enjoy a couple of hours’ shopping.

“They can’t get access to the car park.

“It’s unfair for a small group of people to monopolise the car park and prevent access to other people who want to go there to shop or use the cinema.

“We will review this and see how it works, but the idea is that we are making the car park more accessible to users of The Pipeworks.”

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 14 2012, 3:50PM

    Went upstairs at the Octagon yesterday, amazed to find it completely empty! No shops or cafe. What is the point of demolishing buildings in Station St to have a Debenhams? Why can't they move into the Octagon?

  • Burton Mail  |  December 11 2012, 5:01PM

    At least one person, Lou, actually read the article correctly. People seem to start making a fuss about things without thinking it through . 4 hours it's plenty unless the cinema starts morning showtimes and gives other people a chance to park.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 09 2012, 10:02PM

    between the hours of 8 and 6 it says...if you see a film mid afternoon and then have tea out you will be later than 6pm anyway...why are you all worrying?

  • Burton Mail  |  December 06 2012, 11:49AM

    I agree with limited parking, not to long ago we went to the the new Jmaes Bond film at 2.00pm Car Park very full waited for a space just made the film meal after at Tall Chimneys 4hrs plenty long enough.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 05 2012, 5:05PM

    I dont think the 4 hrs applies properly i went to the twiathalon which was for 12hrs and went for a meal beforehand at the tall chimney i just had to give reg number to the cinema and restrictions did not apply. i dont think there are enough parking spaces as have tried to shop there past 2 sundays and have given up as can't get parked.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 04 2012, 10:18PM

    there is a 4 hour limit but parking is still free.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 04 2012, 5:21PM

    Liam and Jason,spot on.I took my family to see a film this weekend,we then popped into Tall Chimney for a bite to eat afterwards.A rare treat but if Id have known about the 4 hours rule it might have cost a whole lot more.Or will there be a fine coming in the post now?!If there is I'll never use facility again. There should be some way of showing your at cinema or out for a meal.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 02 2012, 11:12AM

    So what happens when you go to the cinema, watch a 3 hour movie then go for a meal at Prezzo or the Tall Chimney? You're trying to create a positive change within Swadlincote yet restrict it by doing this. I personally wouldn't risk it and choose to go to Burton, watch the film there and go to Frankie & Bennies - free car parking to a point, but no risk of a penalty! 2 steps forward - 1 step back! Good ole Swad!

  • Burton Mail  |  December 01 2012, 10:35PM

    Why not stipulate unlimited free parking for people using the complex, with a fixed penalty if you park there and walk off the complex. the trouble is the rest of swadlincote town has few shops that attract shoppers from elsewhere and then they build a shopping complex in a small area and wonder why the carpark isn't big enough.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 01 2012, 7:18PM

    So in a few weeks if i want to go and see the film The Hobbit which is on for 3hrs and go for a meal at the Tall Chimney i can expect a fine afterwards..Think i will go Cineworld and have a choice of places to eat...I think The Pipeworks need to re-think this one...