A contractor has been hired to monitor signs at empty docking bays, hoping to discourage people from parking at green spaces
They look nice, but signs at empty waterfront Green P lots in Poole, Dorset, seem too good to be true – because they’re designed to fool drivers into paying for free parking on them.
Signs reading “Concessions – free” are posted on dozens of the spots. They aren’t in fact free to park. Instead, they are for motorists to obtain at the Curran Parking Management Centre, which holds the right to charge motorists if they park for longer than six hours, costing up to £6.
The signs were put up after a new contract for services – which includes the online reservation system – was awarded to a company called Eryndec Analytics, which was previously the parking management division of the organisation that runs Poole’s bus routes.
The exact contract has not been disclosed by either Eryndec, Curran Parking or Poole council, and neither have the rates that drivers are expected to pay.
Poole council’s cabinet member for finance, Mark Bowyer, said Eryndec had been brought in to supervise and improve areas such as the waterfront. He said a pay-to-park policy at all the spaces is likely in the next few months.
“On the whole, Curran is doing a good job, it’s managing its space well, although there are individual pockets of bad practice around the city,” Bowyer said. “We’ve brought in Eryndec to strengthen management. The idea is to make it more of a customer service at the bottom end of our pay-and-display scheme.”