The other week I awarded Teignbridge District Council my coveted, and internationally renowned, "Prats of The Week" Award for their plans to:
"scrap free car parking at its Newton Abbot headquarters.
They want to charge their staff who own cars made before January 2001, more than staff with newer cars.
Older cars are evil, because they pollute the atmosphere more.
How much will the charges be?
£1 a day for older cars, 50p a day for newer cars.
Ker farking ching!"
I must now inform you that a member of the council has written to me, and is very concerned to correct this story.
These were only "plans", following consultation "staff at Teignbridge put forward some alternative ideas about the charges which councillors accepted" (ie furore from the council staff) the "plans" have been changed.
I might point out that my original article did in fact say "it is proposing to scrap free car parking..".
Which it indeed has done.
However, since it seems so important to Teignbridge I won't pick noses on this point.
There will not be a differential charge between new and old cars, all cars will be charged at a rate of 50P a day (except for electric and hybrid cars, which are free).
So that's all right then?
The council is charging its own workers for the right to park in the council car park.
Ker Farking Ching!
I am surprised that the staff have rolled over and taken this.
Maybe, now that we have heard the council's view, the staff would care to comment?
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