Private company to receive revenue from fines
Gunnersbury Park car park
The management at Gunnersbury Park has submitted a planning application for the installation of equipment needed to enforce parking charges including cameras which read number plates.
They are appointing Gemini Parking Solutions to manage the car park through the implementation of a Pay & Display car park operated via Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology.
The car park has, up to now, always been free for park users but the management says this is putting a strain on availability due to commuters using the car park as a free park and ride service. The fitness centre being constructed in the park is expected to generate a significant increase in visitors.
All the revenues from parking charges would go to Gunnersbury Park with Gemini Park Solutions keeping the revenue from fines with no management fee charged. They are a member of the British Parking Association and run a number of other ANPR parking facilities across the country.
It is thought that the registration of cars entering via the Popes Lane entrance will be recorded and then again on exit and, if the times do not match what has been paid for through a phone app or a Pay and Display machine, a fine will be issued. The machine designs shown with the planning documentation suggest they will take coins.
No charges have yet been set for the car park but it is indicated that a level of around £2 a hour will be charged. Blue badge holders will be offered free parking when using one of the facilities on park by validating their stay at on a touch screen device.
Two electric vehicle charging points will be installed which will also provide revenue for the park.
The main car park is located to the south of Popes Lane in between Gunnersbury Park Tennis Court and Capel Manor College. This car park consists of approximately 250 parking spaces, with a mixture of regular parking spaces and blue badge holders parking spaces. The second car park is located outside Gunnersbury Park Museum and consists of approximately 25 parking bays for blue badge holders only.
Both car parks have recently been upgraded with new tarmacking and marked parking bays.
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