Last week, I mentioned the trouble caused by ParkingEye, the firm which seems to run the Orwellian cameras on a car-park in Aberystwyth.
I told you that the company had been sending out Notices to several parkers over a fair period of time telling them that they are being charged for parking longer than the two-hour limit allowed – even though many of those accusations have been clearly unfounded!
The day after I published those facts, a man contacted me from the Aber area. He told me that, due to his persistence, he had won his battle with ParkingEye. He had sent his cheque with his first appeal against the accusation, giving them permission to cash it should his appeal be unsuccessful.
That way, being a Cardi, he would not be charged extra for late-payment!
He has discovered that his MP had been trying to get sense out of ParkingEye about these Notices for a while. So had Ceredigion County Council.
ParkingEye had stalled and made instant excuses.
Cambrian News, a newspaper based in Ceredigion, ran an article on the success of the appeal. Since then, it has been discovered that several people who have received such notices have simply ignored them; and one young lady even received a threat from ParkingEye that bailiffs would be calling on her.
When ParkingEye’s Notices and threats are ignored, the company takes no further action!
Can you smell fish?
In my opinion, if you receive any missive from ParkingEye, simply ignore it – for the company seems to be trying it on by sending out this illegal junk.
Mind you, informing Mark Williams, Ceredigion’s MP, and The Cambrian News could aid the case against ParkingEye . . .
The Community Spirit
It’s a mercurial thing is “community spirit”. It’s not something you can buy a bottle of at the chemist. And nobody really seems to know how to preserve it or recreate it.
Here in Wales, in our smaller, rural communities, that spirit is still there to a great degree. The influx of people from the bigger English cities is changing that, alas. And what of cosmopolitan Cardiff or our other big conurbations?
Now, Plaid Cymru has come up with a rather clever idea (an unusual thing for any political party!). Plaid is looking for volunteers to become “Community Champions”.
These will be people who would get involved in and promote community happenings. They would also spread Plaid’s message via various community activities.
Perhaps, through this action, community spirit will be strengthened and, in some cases, restored.