Craskes gestapo car trains its sights on motorists performing unavoidable manoeuvres.
SETyres is the principal target of Bexleys malign intentions.
More than 40 shops and no free parking spaces
just seven bays costing 40 pence for half an hour, one of which is
very often occupied by a gestapo wagon.
Only this single sign indicates the restricted parking times. There is no sign at the far end of the yellow line.
While awaiting your turn to enter private property you risk a ticket.
Allowing the previous customer out is tricky given how busy the road is but if this essential manoeuvre
is carried out as safely as possible it will also result in a parking fine.
The depths of Bexley councils malevolency knows few boundaries and nothing revealed
on this site so far quite matches what councillor Craskes vultures have been up to
in Blackfen. For a supremely wicked individual like Craske it is a temptation that cannot
be resisted because the layout of the shops and Blackfen Road is such that trade cannot be
conducted at all at some premises without minor transgressions of Craskes petty
rule-book. Add to that the fact that the councils parking contractor is known to break
government guidelines by setting
and you have a recipe for widespread misery and the destruction of small businesses.
The section of road shown in image 3 (left) includes more than 40 small businesses and
there are just seven parking bays charged at 40 pence per half hour. There used
to be a small free car park but Bexley council, forever intent on damaging
businesses and shopping centres, sold it off for private use.
The parking problems are especially severe for motor repairers who have to accept cars
into their premises. At SETyres it is essential that cars enter in a forward
direction to allow access to their wheel alignment equipment and to avoid
filling the building with exhaust fumes. Parking is not allowed outside their
premises at any time during business hours, though you may be hard pressed to
discover that as the only sign is far away (image 5) but their forecourt is
available for one car to queue outside each of their fitting bays. However that
is the root of the problem. When a car has been attended to and ready to leave,
the one behind must reverse into the road to allow it out. The road is close to
a junction and to reverse completely into it might obstruct traffic
while one car stands there and the other is given enough room to leave. That
danger is minimised by not reversing too far into the road but even one wheel
partially left on the dropped kerb for a second or two is interpreted by our
senseless council as parking on the pavement.
Advice from the police is that such a manoeuvre cannot be parking but
unfortunately the police are no longer in charge of parking regulation, a man
obsessed with persecuting motorists is.
The council and its gestapo car is therefore on to a winner, it can sit there all day with its lens
trained on SETyres and pick off new victims at regular intervals. As little as
two inches of wheel on the kerb edge for 20 seconds is enough to trigger a fine.
In the course of 2010 alone nearly 1,400 of SETyress customers have been caught
in this almost perfect trap - and councillor Craske, the vindictive intellectual
pygmy currently engaged on a mission to hide certain financial chicanery
from public view, cannot resist punishing as many Bexley residents as he possibly can.
SETyres is a small chain of motor repairers who are suffering dreadfully at the
hands of Bexley council and is currently engaged in legal action against it. Their respective legal teams met in the middle of November. The company
has authorised me to report this harassment of businesses in Blackfen Road,
visiting shoppers and abuse of power by Bexley council but it has not sought to
influence it in any way. From my time spent
in and around SETyres premises it seemed they were doing their utmost to provide a
good service to their customers, but if you should be tempted to avail yourself
of it, then please be careful; Bexley council will penalise any
stopping while you traverse the entrance to SETyres and depending on traffic
conditions that may be quite hard to do.