Red light for Scrooge

PUBLISHED: 17:27 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 15 June 2010

CHEAPSKATE motorists, who have been avoiding pay and display charges by abusing free parking spaces at Honiton Sports Centre, are being frightened off. Spaces have been freed up for genuine centre users thanks to the introduction of new signage and the

CHEAPSKATE motorists, who have been avoiding pay and display charges by abusing free parking spaces at Honiton Sports Centre, are being frightened off.Spaces have been freed up for genuine centre users - thanks to the introduction of new signage and the threat of clamping.Leisure East Devon says it has erected warning signs "as a deterrent to those who park their cars and walk into the town centre".In a statement to the Herald, the leisure trust said: "The positive effects are already noticeable, with leisure customers already experiencing improved parking. "LED could also introduce a clamping scheme should non-customers continue to use the parking spaces. We have implemented strict enforce-ments to ensure that the spaces are available solely for gym-goers and swimmers."Mike Hooper, LED's head of business development and marketing, said it was important to get car parking right now that Honiton's re-branded gym is generating increased visitor numbers."With customer numbers up, we are committed to making sure that the parking spaces are available for the use of leisure customers only and are very pleased that the signs are acting as a successful deterrent for town centre customers," he said.


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