Parking charges 'turning customers away' from Tintern business

A FAMILY-run tea rooms say a privately-run parking scheme beside Tintern Abbey is deterring customers from their business and the area.

The Hayward family have run the White Monk Tea Rooms since 1952, but claim the car park run by the Anchor Inn, in partnership with Cadw and the Crown Estate Commissioners, has hit their trade.

While the £3 all-day parking charge has been in place for the past year, planning permission was only granted last month by Monmouthshire County Council, which concluded that the parking meters didn’t impact on the conservation area.

Sam Hayward, 34, of White Monk Tea Rooms, said: “We weren’t informed of it. The parking times correspond with our opening times – they don’t correspond with Tintern Abbey’s or the pub. To me it feels personal.”

Charges operate from 8am until 6pm, and are redeemable if you make a a purchase from the Abbey gift shop or the pub.

The Abbey is open from 10am until 4pm and the Anchor Inn from 10.30am until 11pm.

Mr Hayward said: “We have seen people drive off again after seeing the parking charges. This system is confusing – lots of people think they can redeem their ticket with us.”

Cllr Anne Webb said: “I feel sorry for the White Monk. I am concerned about the parking really – the test will be in the summer time when the majority of walkers come.

A Cadw spokesman said: “The system has been in place for over a year and has worked well, with fewer complaints about parking.”

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3:57pm Thu 9 Jan 14

emmaw86 says...

I like Tintern and take my children for walks there but realistically I'll only be there 2 hrs max and the £3 charge really puts me off! Im not interested in an all day ticket, when the summer comes I'll probably head towards the (much cheaper) Old Station instead.
I like Tintern and take my children for walks there but realistically I'll only be there 2 hrs max and the £3 charge really puts me off! Im not interested in an all day ticket, when the summer comes I'll probably head towards the (much cheaper) Old Station instead. emmaw86
  • Score: 6

4:45pm Thu 9 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

i understand car parking charges are annoying, but what do you want? for me to subsidise it for you?

i cant afford a car, the insurance, the petrol and the parking. so i dont drive.

if people are THAT worried about parking, they should consider hanging up their keys.
i understand car parking charges are annoying, but what do you want? for me to subsidise it for you? i cant afford a car, the insurance, the petrol and the parking. so i dont drive. if people are THAT worried about parking, they should consider hanging up their keys. whatintheworld
  • Score: -6

4:51pm Thu 9 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

emmaw86 wrote:
I like Tintern and take my children for walks there but realistically I'll only be there 2 hrs max and the £3 charge really puts me off! Im not interested in an all day ticket, when the summer comes I'll probably head towards the (much cheaper) Old Station instead.
doesnt driving there and back cost around an extra £2 anyway?
[quote][p][bold]emmaw86[/bold] wrote: I like Tintern and take my children for walks there but realistically I'll only be there 2 hrs max and the £3 charge really puts me off! Im not interested in an all day ticket, when the summer comes I'll probably head towards the (much cheaper) Old Station instead.[/p][/quote]doesnt driving there and back cost around an extra £2 anyway? whatintheworld
  • Score: -2

7:55am Fri 10 Jan 14

Llanmartinangel says...

whatintheworld wrote:
i understand car parking charges are annoying, but what do you want? for me to subsidise it for you?

i cant afford a car, the insurance, the petrol and the parking. so i dont drive.

if people are THAT worried about parking, they should consider hanging up their keys.
If you total up all the taxes and charges levied on motorists I think you'll find you don't subsidise anything. The tax on one tank of fuel is around £50, and on top of that there's road fund licence and premium tax on insurance, residentparking permits, VAT on new cars and then you have to pay to use some roads. If much of this was actually spent on improving roads we wouldn't complain but it just goes into government coffers.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: i understand car parking charges are annoying, but what do you want? for me to subsidise it for you? i cant afford a car, the insurance, the petrol and the parking. so i dont drive. if people are THAT worried about parking, they should consider hanging up their keys.[/p][/quote]If you total up all the taxes and charges levied on motorists I think you'll find you don't subsidise anything. The tax on one tank of fuel is around £50, and on top of that there's road fund licence and premium tax on insurance, residentparking permits, VAT on new cars and then you have to pay to use some roads. If much of this was actually spent on improving roads we wouldn't complain but it just goes into government coffers. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 0

9:06am Fri 10 Jan 14

emmaw86 says...

whatintheworld wrote:
emmaw86 wrote:
I like Tintern and take my children for walks there but realistically I'll only be there 2 hrs max and the £3 charge really puts me off! Im not interested in an all day ticket, when the summer comes I'll probably head towards the (much cheaper) Old Station instead.
doesnt driving there and back cost around an extra £2 anyway?
Its like a 1 minute drive! A flat rate of £3 will put people off, I'm not sure why there isn't the option of hourly charges? Would make more sense.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emmaw86[/bold] wrote: I like Tintern and take my children for walks there but realistically I'll only be there 2 hrs max and the £3 charge really puts me off! Im not interested in an all day ticket, when the summer comes I'll probably head towards the (much cheaper) Old Station instead.[/p][/quote]doesnt driving there and back cost around an extra £2 anyway?[/p][/quote]Its like a 1 minute drive! A flat rate of £3 will put people off, I'm not sure why there isn't the option of hourly charges? Would make more sense. emmaw86
  • Score: 0

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