I WRITE with reference to your article about car parking at Sainsbury’s store on Stratford Road, Shirley.
I am a regular shopper at this store who needs neither a disabled or child friendly parking space and am in total agreement with their stance on fining people who decide to park where they feel like without any regard for other users such as the disabled and people who are shopping with young children (12 and under) as I feel that although in the eyes of the law you are a minor until 18 years of age, in the spirit of the law surely a 13 year old is capable of walking across a supermarket car park.
I have noticed a dramatic reduction in non disabled drivers parking in disabled spaces (just because they are closer to the store) since the fining was introduced.
Shoppers were given at least two months notice of the store’s intentions and from the notices around the car park I understand that a portion of the monies raised by these fines goes to charitable causes, not in the supermarkets pockets.
It is just a shame that other supermarkets and retail parks do not follow suit.
Karen of Shirley