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Haywards Heath country pub installs parking meters to deter ramblers

The Argus: Haywards Heath country pub installs parking meters to deter ramblers Haywards Heath country pub installs parking meters to deter ramblers

A pub manager believes she has just the ticket to stop commuters and ramblers filling up her car park by introducing pay and display machines.

Annie Johns is hoping to bar non-customers from using her pub car park and improve business for the bitter by bringing in ticket machines.

The manager of the Fox and Hounds in Fox Hill outside Haywards Heath made the move after a year of frustration with her car park full while her bar stools remained empty.

She is now in high spirits as the plan to introduce pay and display has been working well for the past fortnight since it was installed by Local Parking Security.

The move is designed to deter ramblers who were parking for free in her car park to visit the surrounding countryside but then not popping in for a pint or a meal afterwards.

The car was also being used by visitors to the town centre and commuters even though the pub is two miles away from Haywards Heath Railway Station.

Mrs Johns said that ticket-dodging motorists were parking up and then jumping on the bus service that runs outside the pub.

The situation had got so bad that even before the pub had opened at 11am on a Saturday or Sunday, there would already be up to ten cars already parked in the car park.

Under the new system, genuine customers will get a refund once they have made a purchase at the bar.

She said: “We have had quite a lot of people just leave their cars.

“We have a lot of ramblers and a lot of people who just catch the bus into Haywards Heath, whether they were going to the station or into the town centre we don’t know.

“They were making the place really busy even if we didn’t have many people in and we were losing business because people would look in and think we will give it a miss because it’s full.

“I have been here a year and it has always been a problem and we have been losing a lot of business because of it.

“If a genuine customer does get a ticket then we can just ring up with the ticket number and get it cancelled.”

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7:08am Wed 12 Feb 14

Sussex jim says...

Years ago it was common practice for publicans to put a chain across the car park entrance when closed. In the bad old days before all-day opening shoppers would return to find they could not remove their car until the pub re-opened at 6.00!
Years ago it was common practice for publicans to put a chain across the car park entrance when closed. In the bad old days before all-day opening shoppers would return to find they could not remove their car until the pub re-opened at 6.00! Sussex jim
  • Score: 35

12:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

whatone says...

Irrespective of the rights or wrongs here:

I wonder how long it will be before said 'ramblers' realise that a PCN (or invoice) issued by a private company is not a fine and is actually unenforceable?

Since a PCN comes under contract law - namely that 'there may be no element of a penalty'.
Irrespective of the rights or wrongs here: I wonder how long it will be before said 'ramblers' realise that a PCN (or invoice) issued by a private company is not a fine and is actually unenforceable? Since a PCN comes under contract law - namely that 'there may be no element of a penalty'. whatone
  • Score: 4

1:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Cave Johnson says...

How can they be 'ticket dodgers' when they didn't need a ticket up until now?
How can they be 'ticket dodgers' when they didn't need a ticket up until now? Cave Johnson
  • Score: 2

3:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

can Davey leave his Bike there or is his patronage restricted to the Lentil and Vegan in Hanover ?
can Davey leave his Bike there or is his patronage restricted to the Lentil and Vegan in Hanover ? upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 7

6:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

John Steed says...

do what other pubs do, stick a barrier across the entrance, a heavy chain will do, issuing tickets is nothing but an expensive way of bringing agravation to the pub. and nobody with an ounce of sense will part off with any money.
do what other pubs do, stick a barrier across the entrance, a heavy chain will do, issuing tickets is nothing but an expensive way of bringing agravation to the pub. and nobody with an ounce of sense will part off with any money. John Steed
  • Score: 2

7:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

oooiee says...

I wouldn't mess about with these odd rambling people if it was my pub,they would be coming back to some nice slashed tyres.
I wouldn't mess about with these odd rambling people if it was my pub,they would be coming back to some nice slashed tyres. oooiee
  • Score: 0

10:14pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Bill in Hanover says...

oooiee wrote:
I wouldn't mess about with these odd rambling people if it was my pub,they would be coming back to some nice slashed tyres.
I've never met a more hypocritical bunch of numpties than the 'red-socked rambler' they carp and whine about seeing 4x4s or even bicycles on 'their' land yet they all drive to the nearest pub to where they walk and leave the vehicle there, although they do give the pub their custom afterwards, usually a half pint of beer (only one half between them as most of them have their flasks of tea with them) taken outside to have with their spam sandwiches.
[quote][p][bold]oooiee[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't mess about with these odd rambling people if it was my pub,they would be coming back to some nice slashed tyres.[/p][/quote]I've never met a more hypocritical bunch of numpties than the 'red-socked rambler' they carp and whine about seeing 4x4s or even bicycles on 'their' land yet they all drive to the nearest pub to where they walk and leave the vehicle there, although they do give the pub their custom afterwards, usually a half pint of beer (only one half between them as most of them have their flasks of tea with them) taken outside to have with their spam sandwiches. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 5

7:14am Thu 13 Feb 14

rogerthefish says...

whatone wrote:
Irrespective of the rights or wrongs here:

I wonder how long it will be before said 'ramblers' realise that a PCN (or invoice) issued by a private company is not a fine and is actually unenforceable?

Since a PCN comes under contract law - namely that 'there may be no element of a penalty'.
I hope the people that use ASDA in the Marina use this dodge.
[quote][p][bold]whatone[/bold] wrote: Irrespective of the rights or wrongs here: I wonder how long it will be before said 'ramblers' realise that a PCN (or invoice) issued by a private company is not a fine and is actually unenforceable? Since a PCN comes under contract law - namely that 'there may be no element of a penalty'.[/p][/quote]I hope the people that use ASDA in the Marina use this dodge. rogerthefish
  • Score: 2

1:32pm Thu 13 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

If the car park is private land owned by who ever owns the pub, the only way these parking space hoggers will be deterred will be by seeing their car clamped. If the correct signage is displayed giving the correct warnings the car owner will have to pay, they will have no option. The parking tickets will work in the short term but not in the long term once people learn about the law.
If the car park is private land owned by who ever owns the pub, the only way these parking space hoggers will be deterred will be by seeing their car clamped. If the correct signage is displayed giving the correct warnings the car owner will have to pay, they will have no option. The parking tickets will work in the short term but not in the long term once people learn about the law. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

1:55pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Saltdean Resident says...

They do this at the White Horse in Rottingdean, just show a tear off slip at the bar and get your money back.
They do this at the White Horse in Rottingdean, just show a tear off slip at the bar and get your money back. Saltdean Resident
  • Score: 0

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