DISGRUNTLED thespians have told of their disappointment at being forced to pay for parking at their favourite watering hole of 20 years.
Solihull’s Union Theatre drama group used to go for a drink after rehearsals every Thursday night at the Ramada Hotel in Solihull.
As a goodwill gesture the hotel would waive the 65p parking charge, until two weeks ago, when the actors were told to pay £2 to leave the car park.
The group has now taken their custom elsewhere and will not be returning, they said.
Rosemary Worsley, from Bronte Farm Road, Shirley, said: “We calculated how much revenue they have had from us over the past 10 years alone and we estimate it to be £40,000.
“I understand them having a charge during the day, due to their proximity to the town centre, but £2 for an hour to drink in the evening is wholly unacceptable.
“That makes it a dearer car park than any of the others after 6pm and it’s yet another tax on people enjoying themselves.
“What amazed us the most was that the staff were unequivocal in their demands and were not interested in the fact we had been loyal customers over the past 20 years.”
A spokesperson for the Ramada Jarvis Hotels said: “Car parking has been chargeable at Ramada Solihull for a number of years with guests being charged a set 24 hours rate.
“Until recently local people frequenting the bar have not been charged.
“However as demand for secure parking space has become greater and as we have a limited number of spaces on offer, we have had to review our car parking charges.
“In the current climate guests and visitors to the hotel appreciate the CCTV coverage and the well lit secure car parking.
“In this instance the drama group has opted to move venues and we would like to wish them well.”