Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Dream of Dreamland or is it a nightmare? Wheel clampers at the Dreamland car park, Margate



YourThanet's Tom Betts encounters the wheel clampers in the Dreamland car park in Margate, just after they had given an old lady a ticket.Sorry about the quality, but have a listen.

12 comments:

  1. So I take it the machine was out of order?! Loved the comments about "move away from the vehicle" ... Jockeys!

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  2. Was it Sandy doing the clamping ?

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  3. Roll on the days when car clamping becomes regulated. I'm all for exposing scams such as these.

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  4. And on the site where Margate FC used to play in the 20's

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  5. This is yet further bad news for Margate. All we need is uncontrolled cow-boys ripping off visitors to a dying town. The Harbour Arm people and others might like to take this up with TDC and MTCRC? I am told that similar activities have ocurred over at the Lido recently. Time for TDC to implement its threat to compulsory purchase if Scenic Railway not repaired; recoup the cost of £40,000 worth of TDC funds for additional security fencing and deal with the lack of Planning Consent for existing security fencing and instigate some Planning enforcement. Those who thus allow these modern day extortionists to operate might then send them packing. We have enough of the wild-west in Thanet from our own Council without this going on.

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  6. When JLS played at The Winter Gardens recently someone had put up a sign directing people to park in The Lido car park...& then clamping them! So this really needs to be looked into.

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  7. The story has gone up on YourThanet's website...

    http://bit.ly/9z1lWN

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  8. Why would anyone want to visit Margate in the first place?

    Ben Kelly.

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  9. Why would anyone want to visit Margate in the first place?

    Ben Kelly.

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  10. Does CSS Parking Solutions target old ladies? I am in the process of taking my case to the Small Claims Court. They clamped me (age 72!) in the Northdown Pub (redundant) Car Park just before Christmas. The operative was not showing his licence which is against the SIA's conditions and the owner/Agent said he had not authorised the company to clamp on his land. They initially said I could give them a cheque then demanded more and more identification. I had to go to an ATM in a snowstorm. If it happens to you, the important thing is to say that you did not see the Notices and of course you won't have done so because they put them in obscure places. If you did not then no legal contract exists between you and the landowner. So watch what you say. The company fail to meet most of the provisions of the clamping Code published by the BPA. And now we are getting to the heart of this sleazy operation: those in high places?? Highway Robbery 21st Century style. Only in Thanet.........

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  11. I saw the clampers in action after visiting the town recently. I have written to the local MP and TDC. I did not receive a clamp as I drove to the other side of the car park to find a ticket machine in operation. It's clearly a scam to have all the machines by the entrance covered up by plastic as it misleads the public into thinking the carpark is not charging at that time. I look forward to my reply and will update if anyone is interested.

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  12. Talking of Dreamland, according to today's Thanet Times it will be "up & running by 2012". So they've suddenly added another year to their plans...

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