01:37 PM June 23, 2022
Ottery St Mary’s Borough Council has given its backing to Sainsbury’s car park sign modification plans.
However, advisers would like clarification on some minor details, including the times shown on the signs and whether people would be caught off guard with the installation of the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.
Signage and cameras are installed by Euro Car Parks, which manages the car park.
At the city council’s planning committee meeting on Monday, June 20, councilors voted in favor of the application.
Cllr Richard Copus said: “I’m sure our local Sainsburys are very happy with what has been changed, and I suspect it has been handled by Euro Car Parks in a large office in Birmingham or London.”
Mayor Cllr Vicky Johns said she had “serious concerns” about the use of license plate recognition.
Cllr Copus shot back and said, “I don’t think any of us are particularly happy about it, are we? But the thing is, the parking lot has always been two hours and a lot of people are taking advantage of the fact that it’s not enforced, or rarely enforced and they sit in the parking lot quite a long time, especially at times like school outings and you drive around that parking lot looking for a space, so I think it will relieve that and make it easier for people to shop in Ottery.”
Cllr Vicky Johns said: “I appreciate that and understand why they want to do this, but Euro Car Parks is one of those enforcers that if you have a question you can never reach them on Trustpilot, they have a horrible reputation and I can just see people being fined left and right.”