IAN HART Three tales of Worthing parking

STARTING off with three tales of Worthing parking . . .

Incident one – The Worthing Twinning Association works tirelessly to forge links with other towns around the globe and was recently visited by a German party from one of its twinning partners from the Eztal region.

So, picture the scene, Worthing has a strong bond with this group of German people and, thankfully, that bond has survived, despite the number of parking tickets the party’s coach received from various wardens, even though the parking officers and their superiors were made aware of the purpose of their visit.

Incident two – Working mother Tara Samuels, in a bit of hurry as we all are from time to time, parked on the bays near The Last Resort.

She bought a ticket at the machine but in her rush didn’t see the almost microscopic signs to say she couldn’t park there on that particular day.

She came back and found a ticket on her windscreen amounting to £70.

Although she knew she was technically in the wrong, she felt hard done by and appealed, which resulted in the fine going up to a proposed £100.

She elected to go to a tribunal in Brighton, chaired by an independent arbiter.

She represented herself, and Worthing Borough Council sent its solicitor.

Clearly, common sense is more widespread in the east of the county.

While the chairman agreed Mrs Samuels was technically in the wrong, he also felt things could have been handled better and set a fine of £35, which Tara paid there and then.

With the council proposing to make drastic cuts, how much of our taxpayers’ money was wasted on the whole process?

Incident three – When visiting Broadwater after hours, either for a drink, curry or even a KFC, be very careful where you park.

A friend’s wife picked him up from The Cricketers and parked on the forecourt of the exhaust place opposite.

She had a quick drink and came out to find her car clamped by a private firm and had to pay £125 to release it.

A night out in Broadwater can be more expensive than you think.

Shop local

And, finally, the local economy is a key part of the framework of Worthing, and I was told the other night of an astounding statistic, which I believe has already had and will continue to have far-reaching consequences for our local businesses.

When it opened, the new Tesco superstore had allegedly budgeted for an average weekly take of £1.3million.

Sources close to the organisation are privately celebrating the fact this figure is now, with the store having been up and running for a few months, nearer £1.8million.

I really struggle to get my head round that figure, however, if it is true, that money was previously being spent elsewhere in Worthing, i.e. at smaller shops and businesses.

I can remember when Tesco was a joke, and people were almost mocked for shopping there, clearly you can see who has had the last laugh.