Craske’s mission to make parking more expensive; or even impossible
15th August 2011
Today is the day the parking meters around the centre of Bexleyheath are no
more, replaced by parking by mobile phone only. To use the system, you must have a credit or
debit card and a mobile phone with credit on it. It helps to have registered
yourself with the company operating the scheme but for many people unfamiliar
with the system it will be difficult to park legally today as the large number
of windscreens bearing penalty notices bear witness. Maybe I should add, if the notice
in Chapel Road is typical, it would be an advantage to be eight feet tall so that you can read it.
If you don’t own a mobile phone, then buzz off, Bexley council doesn’t want you
doing business at the local shops.
If you do own a mobile phone - I don’t think I am alone in not having one - you
will have to pay for any phone call that may be required at the appropriate rate,
the usual parking charge and ten pence on top of whatever that adds up to. The
notice below speaks of SMS, iPhone Apps and Android. I think I know what an
SMS might be but Android is something I had lo look up in the dictionary. It
says “automaton in the form of a human being”. So that's Craske himself then. A
heartless machine shaped a bit like a human being.