THE PETITION launched against the ‘cashless’ parking charges at Artrix is gathering momentum.
The list – started by Bromsgrove Arts Alive (BAA) – calls on HoW College which brought in the charges and the payment system to consider a pay-on-foot machine.
BAA said it could be linked up with the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system and be fairer in giving everyone the chance to pay for parking by a method which suited them.
It also added it accepted the college’s need to charge to generate revenue but more payment options were needed.
A paper version of the petition is available to sign in the Artrix foyer and the online version of the petition was up to almost 250 signatures last night.
BAA is hoping as many people as possible add their name to the lists to show the college the strength of public feeling about its approach.
Artrix has said previously it agreed with its customers that payment by cash and card, via a machine was needed but added the situation was ‘beyond its control.
We reported in Friday’s paper and online how one stroke group organiser had decided not to take members to the cinema screenings at Artrix from now on because many of them, although happy to pay, had no method of paying for the charges.
Other people have contacted The Standard to say they had been to the centre since the introduction of the cashless charges and ‘numbers had appeared down’ on previous outings.
Click here to sign the online version.