Private car parking charges – Will Government act to bring in some sensible controls?

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43912327

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

This is a subject I have commented on before and one that quite clearly needs proper Government regulation to stop exploitation.

Many car parks owned by supermarkets, shopping centres and retail parks are now outsourced to parking companies who use CCTV to catch out the unwary. But I fear that the process has become one of not only managing car parks but of using them as a cash cow to make as much money as possible.

From the land owners perspective the value of all land is there to be exploited to its maximum and that includes the land on which you park your car so unless Government brings in some sensible regulation we can only expect new money making stunts to be thought of virtually anywhere we park our cars.

£100 for being a couple of minutes late is frankly ridiculous. My view is the fines should be limited and regulated so that say being 10 minutes late in moving your car leads to a £25 fine for example, 20 minutes late a £50 fine etc. etc. but with a maximum amount. Also all car park management companies should be subject to an independent appeals process and their records should be inspected.

For too long high street companies that we all do business with have been outsourcing their car parks and then saying its nothing to do with us when a problem occurs. Frankly that’s just not good enough and its treating customers poorly.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting

Sefton Council – Resurfacing roads around parked cars – I suspect it happens more often than we may think

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/council-attempts-explain-incredible-road-14536801

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above.

The article was brought to my attention but oddly and only very recently I actually saw another example of resurfacing around a parked car in Maghull’s Granville Avenue.

It’s a road I walk and cycle quite regularly and I saw the warning signs go up at either end of the road saying when the resurfacing was going to take place. The job was done but clearly one car owner did not know as the car was not moved and like the Albany Road Southport situation, in the Liverpool Echo article, the car was worked around by the tarmacadam contractors.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting

Lydiate – Car on fire Sandy Lane

Late this afternoon a Peugeot 208 was found on fire with its windscreen stoved in and rear end smashed up – Lambshear Lane end of Sandy Lane. Residents rushed out and a car driver stopped but fortunately there was no one in the car.

Assumption is that it had been stolen and abandoned. Police and Fire Brigade called out.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting.

Where is the truth, do we even want to hear it/read it or know where it is anymore?

www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/trump-paradox-fake-news/536037/

Read the link above and worry because there’s a lot to worry about!

‘The Three Paradoxes Disrupting American Politics’ but it will be a worldwide challenge soon enough

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting

Left & Right Unite to put skids under May’s Government

www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/13/tories-obr-debt-recession-brexit-uk

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/12/theresa-mays-government-could-come-apart-like-chocolate-orange/

The links above take you to the the left leaning Guardian and the right wing Telegraph newspaper web sites.

Whilst the stories in themselves are not linked they both illustrate the precarious nature of Teresa May’s weak and wobbly government and the threat that we all face from a hard Brexit (supported by opposition Labour as well of course) and that huge deficit that the UK is carrying around on its back.

Add into that the inevitability of another recession within the next 5 years and frankly it could depress the most optimistic of us.

Going for Brexit in financially good times would be a huge challenge but going down that route in the mess that the UK’s finances are presently in is surely complete madness.

My thanks to Roy Connell & Keith Page for the leads to this posting

Lake District – Awarded World Heritage Status

View from Castle Crag over Derwent Water

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-40547691

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

Canoe on Ulswater

The Lake District is wonderful and for Merseysiders it on our doorstep. I have loved canoeing on the lakes and some of the rivers with Keith Page over any years and am delighted that it has been awarded World Heritage status.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting