Friday 19 March 2004 3.22pm
And no, before you all get het up, I wouldn't dream of driving around London for the sake of it; cars are for getting out-of-town early on a Saturday, or OKR Tescos/B&Q (bliss).
Had cause to try to park a car without a resident's permit in a residents permit parking space this morning for an hour, pending trip to Kwik Fit (new car, last one nicked, Ivanhoe). Could I find a machine to put my 20 pennorth into? The one that I tried to feed last time I tried this (on 1st January) is still not working (Crimscott st). So is the second one I tried on 1st January (Willow Walk
). So is the one on Pages walk outside the Queen Victoria. The one outside the Plumb centre on Pages walk only accepts every 5th coin.
Yet try leaving a car without a valid ticket for a moment or two and just see what happens... It's not a level playing field. If it takes 15 minutes to find a valid ticket, chances are you'll have a fixed penalty notice affixed during that time.
This is shocking, Southwark. Is it a service or a joke?