Saturday, April 20, 2024
Homenews'That's smaller than my nan's garden shed!' Council closes down 'tiniest NCP...

‘That’s smaller than my nan’s garden shed!’ Council closes down ‘tiniest NCP car park in the UK’ with just four spaces charging 95p an hour that left drivers baffled

Council officers have closed down a small private car park set up on a Southampton drive which left motorists baffled by its minute size.

Leaving your car in the four-space car park would set you by 95p of an hour and £5.95 for upwards of three hours.

The gravel car park sat next to a mock Tudor house at the end of Water Lane, leading onto a dual carriage way.

It was also near various attractions in the city, including Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum, according to NCP.

The car park, divided by a small fence, was branded an ‘eyesore’, with others taking to Reddit to bash the small parking area.

A spokesperson from Southampton City Council has since commented: ‘The Landowner was written to advising the use was unauthorised and a breach of planning control.

‘The Landowner responded confirming the use had ceased and advertisements removed. An enforcement notice has not been served and the case currently remains open for monitoring.’

Motorists hit out at the small NCP car park located in Southampton (pictured) on Reddit. It cost 95p to park in the space for an hour Motorists hit out at the small NCP car park located in Southampton (pictured) on Reddit. It cost 95p to park in the space for an hour

Motorists hit out at the small NCP car park located in Southampton (pictured) on Reddit. It cost 95p to park in the space for an hour

An NCP spokesperson has since said: ‘NCP is always looking for suitable spaces, whatever the size, to deliver much needed car parking spaces for our customers. 

‘We look for sites that we think would benefit our customers and the local economy, with good proximity to local shops or train stations for example. 

‘And as such, we have car parks ranging from a few spaces to hundreds of spaces.

‘We do not comment on the legal matters regarding our dealings with councils. We can confirm that we no longer operate from this site’

After a photo of the car park was shared online, one motorist quipped: ‘Only 4 spots? Bloody hell, that’s smaller than my nan’s garden shed. 

‘And 95p an hour? Might as well just park on the bloody street for free.’ 

There was also uproar regarding the signage of the car park next to the Polygon, with a person writing: ‘The amount of signage used for two parking spots is ridiculous’

Another jibbed: ‘They could make it a bit easier to spot, maybe put up a sign or something.’

Some were baffled how four vehicles could even fit in the car park, stating: ‘How the f**k is that for 4 cars? How do the back ones get out? 

Others defended the car park, saying it was ‘not badly priced’, whilst a user chimed in: ’95p an hour is actually remarkably cheap for parking in that area. 

‘I’d happily pay 95p an hour to park there to visit the theatre that’s like a 5 min walk from there.’

One driver said they would rather take a chance on the tiny car park then leave their car in a parking area nearby.

The small parking area is near to various attractions in the city including Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum. The NCP car park has been put in place on next to The Polygon in the months following May 2023 (pictured the car park in May 2023) ‹ Slide me ›

The small parking area was near to various attractions in the city including Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum (pictured right: May 2023. pictured left: after May 2023) – It has since closed down

They continued: ‘You enter the lottery if your windows are still intact when you come back, worse than getting clamped.’

A curious driver was pondering about setting up his own NCP car park in his drive.

This comes after a parking war in the Garden of England turned nasty, as a long-standing battle between locals and school-run parents led to threats of violence. 

The ongoing dispute over 29 parking spaces outside a village hall in Wingham, Kent, descended into threats of violence, verbal abuse and allegations of endangering children.

Village shopkeeper Lauren Senior told MailOnline: ‘It’s got really nasty!

‘People have been shouting and screaming at each other over those parking spaces.’

Trever, who is a resident and retired policeman said: ‘This guy parked on my driveway then he threatened to fight me when I challenged him.’

Drivers flooded the comments, furious about car park which only boasts four spaces, one said it was smaller than his 'nan's garden shed' Drivers flooded the comments, furious about car park which only boasts four spaces, one said it was smaller than his 'nan's garden shed'

Drivers flooded the comments, furious about car park which only boasts four spaces, one said it was smaller than his ‘nan’s garden shed’

‘Another driver knocked my wall down when they turned around. It’s unbelievable.’

Mother-of-two Stacie Garcide, 36, said: ‘I can’t walk to school. We don’t have a zebra crossing on the main road that’s busy day and night.

‘There is no other safe access. I always get there early and park respectfully. I don’t understand the issue.’

Members of Wingham Parish Council declined to comment on the parking row when contacted by MailOnline by phone and email. 

Reddit

RELATED ARTICLES
- Advertisment -

Most Popular