Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Ker Farking Ching - Brighton Council's Fuckwittery
Well, Brighton is a seaside resort that arose from the hedonistic "larks" of a rather portly Prince Regent. The financial infrastructure of the seafront is based on encouraging tourists to part with their cash, in exchange for fish &chips, sticks of rock, deckchairs and other such stuff.
That at least was the set up in the past.
Unfortunately our Green Party overlords have other ideas and other agendas. The Greens do not like cars, and have come up with a "terrific" wheeze that raises money for their moribund accounts and discourages people from parking their cars along the seafront.
Can you guess what that is children?
Yes, that's right, the council as from 1 April are now charging £20 per day (an increase of £16 from the current winter rate of £4 per day) for the privilege of parking in car parking spaces along Madeira Drive.
That makes Brighton the most expensive place in the UK in which to park!
Ker Farking Ching!
Not only that, but the meters only accept £1 coins (they do not take notes or cards).
In one fell swoop the council have made Brighton seafront the least attractive place in the country to park.
Well done lads!
Surely though, the council have an effective "park and ride" scheme?
Errmm..not that I am aware of!
Alternative transport options are great in the Green world (the Greens actually claim that people can bicycle here, yes if they are local but not if they are coming en mass from eg Croydon!), if there are decent alternatives. However, who wants to pay for four or more to take a lousy train service to Brighton when the easiest option ought to be to drive to the seafront?
Given that no one in their right mid will pay £20, and given that taking the train only works if you are on the main London to Brighton line and don't mind paying £25 per head or more, the council have effectively cut the financial lifeblood of the sea front.
Well done lads!
Greedy, naive fuckwits!
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