10:09AM, Wednesday 17 April 2013
A commuter free-for-all in a busy retail car park in Maidenhead looks to have become a thing of the past after cameras and fines were introduced to the site.
Last month, the Advertiser reported on damaged trade and angered shoppers as workers filled the privately-owned car park of Maidenhead Retail Park in the early morning before leaving to head into town or catch a train into London.
But delighted store managers say the situation has now been resolved after landlord CBRE Global Investors stepped in to install cameras and signs warning motorists they can only park at the Stafferton Way site for three hours or risk a £100 fine.
Staff said the cameras were installed on Tuesday last week, with fines set to be enforced this week, after shops received complaints from customers unable to find a space as commuters nearly filled the car park by 9am.
Kenny Amor, sales manager at Homebase, said: "It's worked and it's fine. We have not had a single complaint.
"I carried items out to a lady's car and the first thing she said was how good the car park was now."
Update: A spokeswoman for CBRE Global Investors said: "As soon as we were made aware of the car parking problems for shoppers we immediately looked into how to resolve the issue and worked with the retailers to find a suitable solution. We are delighted that the cameras have already had a positive impact on Stafferton Way.
"We will continue to monitor the situation but we hope that the measures now in place will make for a better shopping experience for the shoppers and benefits the retailers long-term.”
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