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Nat West Amersham On The Hill Anpr Parking Warning

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 18:24

I don't know if anyone has noticed, but the car park at the Nat West now has cameras on the entrance and exit and if you do your banking and park here and stay longer for 20 minutes you will receive an automatic "fine" for £100, unless you have told the staff in the bank who will then apparently "write to the car parking company" to try and get your "fine" overturned.

 

Apparently, this is in response to "customer feedback". Now I totally agree that people should not take advantage of these car park facilities, but £100 for an overstay in a free car park? The problem is the signage is illegal and not clear. There are only two signs, one on each side of the bank and these are 8' up in the air. Furthermore, the terms and conditions referred to on the signage are not actually on the signage! Nat West staff however have hastily printed out A4 sheets and stuck them to the bank windows informing customers that they only have 20 minutes to do their banking, unless as they advised in my opening paragraph. This signage is against the rules set out by the BPA, who although sounding like a Government body are in fact a Limited Company set up and paid for by the private parking companies to give an impression and veneer of respectability. 

 

Since clamping on private land was outlawed in 2012 the clampers turned themselves into private parking companies. This is a growing phenomenon and most of the car parks in Aylesbury have ANPR systems or wardens from private companies.

 

The plain fact is though that this has nothing to do with parking management, but is all about extorting money from the unsuspecting and the vulnerable. Why else do these companies target supermarket car parks, shopping centres and even NHS Hospitals? 

 

With ANPR camera operated car parks, such as the Nat West in Amersham, there is nothing stopping people parking in disabled bays as you are only photographed on entry and exit, so if a person is pushing a wheelchair or buggy behind your car when you exit, you will quite possibly receive a "fine" to the registered keeper asking who was driving the car and threatening CCJ's if you don't pay and a discount for quick payment. 

 

Don't be fooled, these are not actually parking fines even though they state they are PCN's meaning Parking Charge Notice rather than Penalty Charge Notice which are issued by councils and the police. These are in fact in law no more than speculative invoices dressed up to look like fines inviting you to pay these charges, which are wholly disproportionate to the scale of the "offence". Nat West staff have shot themselves in the foot and broken the BPA code by calling these invoices fines.

 

If you are unfortunate enough to get caught out and receive one of these tickets, don't despair or feel threatened and certainly do not pay! They are fairly easy to get overturned. Some companies despite all the threats never actually take anyone to court.

 

There is a Test case Parking Eye v Beavis going through the Court of Appeal at the moment which will potentially have a massive effect on consumer law in this Country if the case goes the way of Parking Eye, an ANPR company purchased by Capita within the last 18 months. Which, the Consumer Association, plus the RAC and AA are all against PE.

 

For further information watch http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/on-demand/60796-001

 

If you have received an "invoice" and use Facebook, check out the following private group and ask to join and you will find many people in the know offering sound help and advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fightyourprivateparkinginvoice/

 

For a bit of fun and to see what's going on in the world of private parking, plus facts and useful information go to http://parking-prankster.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Parking needs to be managed, but at the moment it's a free for all and the general public, especially the vulnerable are getting conned and fleeced by these greedy and unscrupulous firms.

 

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Croxley Rail Link Consultation

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:51
If you have any views for or against the Croxley Rail Link, the consultation ends on 18 August.

If you would like to make any comments for or against see

www.croxleyraillink.com/consultation
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Development On Aonb/ Green Belt At Amersham Town Football Club

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:39

Just got a flyer through the door from Paradigm about a development they are planning to build at Amersham Town Football club for a residential care facility. 

 

There is a public consultation next Thursday 26th in the Flint Barn court opposite the church.

 

I don't understand why a development would be suggested on such highly protected land. Do they know something we don't?

 

Are they planning to redesignate the AONB and the green belt?

 

Chip a bit away here, chip a bit away there and soon there will be nothing left.

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Driving Instructors

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:41

Can anyone recommend a local driving instructor who does intensive courses/lessons please?

 

Thank you.

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Fitness And A Life Skill For Life! Must Have For Every Child..

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:36

Come along for a trial session! WE ARE AT THE POLISH CLUB, RAANS ROAD, AMERSHAM ON SUNDAYS PLZ VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR RING 07956686936

 

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Lost And Found. Door Key

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:09

Found by my daughter in the Rickmansworth Rd carpark - the one behind Iceland, on Wednesday 25th March at around 1700

 

There's a number handwritten in black ink on the tag, which I've not shown in the photo. The owner will know what it is so I can be sure it's going back to the right owner.

 

I'll take it to the police station on Friday if there's no takers.

 

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Several Temporary A N P R Cameras On A355?

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:38

Yesterday morning (Tuesday 17th) I noticed several clusters of head-height cameras on both sides of the road, between Tesco and the M40. Most were also near pairs of rubber cables across the road that I think are used to monitor traffic.

 

This morning, workmen seemed to be moving some of them to slightly different positions.

 

There are no warnings, so I presume it's connected with traffic management rather than speeding, which might imply possible changes (improvements, even?) one day. Maybe. 

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Ppi Claims - Too Good To Be True?

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:09

Has anyone actually called back one of these firms who say they can get you a PPI refund? Should I trust them to do what they say or is it a con? I realise there is a 30% fee to the firm doing the work but, before I do anything stupid, I'd like to know if anyone else has gone through with a claim and received compensation.

 

Thank you.

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Sidhu,s Taekwondo Academy

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:01

SIDHU,S TAEKWONDO ACADEMY 

 

WORKING WITH YOU TO IMPROVE YOUR FITNESS, CONFIDENCE, DISCIPLINE,  
SELF DEFENSE & RESPECT

date: FROM THE 28th of MARCH ONWARDS

time: EVERY SUNDAY 1PM-2PM

venue: AMERSHAM POLISH CLUB, RAANS ROAD, AMERSHAM, BUCKS, HP6 6LX

cost: £30 monthly

email: p5nde1@hotmail.com

web: WWW.SIDHUTKD.CO.UK

tel: 07956686936

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Spanish Tutor As Level

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 22:35

Hello, I wondered if anyone could recommend a Spanish tutor at AS level please? We're based in Amersham.

 

Muchas gracias 

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Bizi Bees Easter Craft Workshop Thursday 9Th April

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:42

Bizi Bees Easter Craft Workshop.

 

If your child loves to discover new things and get creative, come and join us for an hour of arty crafty fun  
in the Easter holidays. It will be full of frogs, chicks, bunnies and some missing eggs to find.

 
The workshop is planned to fire up little ones imaginations by following a theme that runs through all  
the activities. After getting to know each other with a few games, everyone will have the opportunity to explore  
a range of crafts at their own pace and make something to take home. New skills, new friends and tons of fun.  
Expect to get messy!

date: Thursday 9th April

time: 10am - 11am

venue: St Michael and All Angels Church Hall, 70 Sycamore Road,  
Amersham HP6 5DR

cost: Ł6 per child. Ł4.50 siblings over 2 years

email: info@bizibees.co.uk

web: www.bizibees.co.uk

tel: 07766 755 859

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Car Servicing

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:16

Can anyone recommend a reputable and reasonably priced garage in the area to get my 10 year old car serviced?

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Home Security: Intelligent Security Solutions

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:38

I can recommend Nav Lall of Intelligent Security Solutions (iss) for your home security needs.

He has designed and fitted alarm systems for me at two different addresses, and is in the process of wiring one up for CCTV.

 

These guys do everything from a simple dummy alarm box install to full blown cctv/monitoring, entry control systems and even defence systems for commercial customers (e.g. smoke screen devices in jewellery shops).

 

Contact Navinder on

0845 594 7520

07896 950 304

iss_sales@outlook.com

 

 

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The Taming Of The Shrew Open Air Theatre 10-13 & 17-20 June

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:00

The Taming of the Shrew open air theatre (audience under cover).

 

Performed by Chiltern Shakespeare Company in the glorious parkland of Hall Barn Old Beaconsfield.

date: 10-13th & 17-20th June 2015

time: 8pm Wed-Fri; 2pm & 8pm Saturdays

venue: Hall Barn
Old Beaconsfield
HP9 2SG

cost: From £16.00

email: enquiries@chiltern-shakespeare.co.uk

web: www.chiltern-shakespeare.co.uk

tel: 08700 667720

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Overhead Power Line Works

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 15:49

Anyone travelling around the south or west of Amersham recently can't fail to have spotted the large scaffold towers and nets strung where overheard power lines cross the road. These are present at least all the way to Iver and up towards Aylesbury.

 

It's obvious that line replacement is being carried out, but I can't find anything on the UK Power Networks or National Grid websites that relates specifically to this work e.g. what is being done, what the impacts to user might be, how long it's going to last. There is a document from 2010/2011 on the UKPN site referring to the need to upgrade the connections to Aylesbury so I assume it is related to that.

 

From the effort involved in preparing for work starting I'm presuming this is not going be a quick bit of work.

 

Anybody know the details, what the chances are of power issues and how long we can expect to be looking at these bits of scaffolding?

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Proposed Parking Changes Amersham Old Town

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:22
The below has been issued by the Amersham Society

Residents in Whielden Street have received a letter from Bucks County Council about proposals, the effect of which would be to

Remove 36% of the free parking spaces in Whielden St
by converting 19 of them to pay-&-display spaces


Full details of the proposal can be found at:

http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/about-your-council/have-your-say/
then click on "current consultations" followed by Whielden St

Residents elsewhere in the Old Town have NOT been consulted, but the loss of free spaces in Whielden Street will make parking more difficult everywhere.

Is it coincidence that this all happened over the Christmas/New Year period?

We are urging all residents in the Old Town to add their voice of protest and stop this creeping meterisation.

If you live in the Old Town you can help by discussing the issue with your neighbours and encouraging them to send a strong response.

Even if you dont live in the Old Town you are entitled to send a response.


You can read more information on our web site http://www.amershamsociety.org/

How to register your protest

Send your objections to Trish Eastham:

by e-mail: peastham@buckscc.gov.uk, or
by letter: Bucks County Council, Place Service, New County Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UY
You should:

quote reference number 141211SWP;

state your objections;

do it before the 16th January 2015.


You can read some suggested objections and further suggestions of what else you can do on our web site http://www.amershamsociety.org/where you can also read about what the Amersham Society has done already to oppose the plan.
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Bois Lane Closed During Day 5 - 31 March

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 09:54

Tweet from TFB

@tfbalerts: ROAD CLOSURE: Bois Lane, Chesham Bois - Railway Bridge to South Rd. 05/03/15 - 31/03/15 09.30 - 15.30 - Carriageway Patching Works.


https://twitter.com/tfbalerts/status/573196837919838208

Seems quite a long period, don't know how much disruption it will cause

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The Wedding Singer Musical - 22 - 25 April

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 18:12

The Wedding Singer Musical 

The Elgiva theatre is going back to a time when hair was  
big, greed was good, collars were up and shoulders  
padded, with award winning Chesham Musical Theatre  
Company s production of The Wedding Singer. 

Set in 1985, the Wedding Singer is the story of Robbie  
Hart, New Jersey s favourite wedding singer. He s the  
life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at  
the altar. Heartbroken, Robbie goes on to make every  
wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia a winsome  
waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it,  
Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street Shark and  
unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade,  
the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.  
Based on the film of the same name, starring Adam Sandler  
and Drew Barrymore, the stage version features a brand  
new score, influenced by many 1980s legends, such as  
Madonna, Prince, Boy George, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson  
and Spandau Ballet, as well as many cheesy synth lines! 


date: 22nd April - 25th April 

time: Evenings 7.45pm Saturday matinee 2.30pm 

venue: The Elgiva Theatre, St Mary s Way, Chesham, Buckinghamshire  
HP5 1HR

cost: Prices from Ł13 - Ł16 

email: secretary@cheshammusicaltheatre.co.uk

CMTC Box office: 0330 332682  

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Unusual Bus Route

Amersham News and Reviews Forum - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 14:39
Apropos of absolutely nothing, I saw an unusual bus today. Waiting to cross Baker Street a bus stopped in the traffic in front of us with a route board in the window. Bradford>Leicester>London>Brussels>Prague>Kosiče, via a few other places I can't remember. The board was titled in Polish, and seemed to say 'Medical Link' or similar. I suspect it might be a route that meets the demand for agency nursing staff from Eastern Europe to travel to and from the UK.
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