New Campaign Posters available

June 13, 2009

We need your help to spread the word about the campaign to people who don’t have access to or frequent access to the web or email. So, we’ve produced 2 posters to download and print. They can be used anywhere where there is good traffic – for instance in shop windows, on a noticeboard or even in your car window.

It’s all about the need to raise awareness. There’s more work to be done – when your local hairdresser only knows part of the story you know it’s time to try even harder to get the message across!

So, please think where you could usefully display a campaign poster, then download the one you need. Print as many copies as you need.

Many thanks.

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1.45pm June 12th: 1700 signatures

June 12, 2009

We’re aiming for 2000 signatures as the next milestone. Thanks to all those who have already signed the petition, but with Morrisons yet to address the core of the petition – namely parking after 6pm – we want to continue growing the base of support. So, please if you haven’t signed the petition yet we would very much welcome your support and if you have then please can you encourage as many other people as possible to sign up. Many thanks.

“It’s not over yet” say shoppers.

June 11, 2009

Although the Surrey Mirror is today claiming victory for residents in the battle to relax Morrisons evening parking regulations, this battle is far from over!

As we understand it, there are TWO issues.

The LEGAL issue.
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council (RBBC) have reportedly said that Morrisons were in “breach of the legal contract” by imposing car parking charges outside of store opening hours. RBBC have said, “The council drew up a legal agreement to ensure that the car park is used for the benefit of the town centre when planning permission was granted for the store in 1991.” It seems that the store should have consulted with the council in advance of implementing any new system, and since they didn’t, the current system may be unlawful.

RBBC are now ‘in discussions’ about this, and we’ll update you as soon as we have any news.

However we’re more concerned about the COMMUNITY issue, and the spirit, rather than the letter of the law. Even if Morrisons could restrict parking until 9 p.m., is it right to do so when there is no real need, since the car park is not so busy from about 6 p.m.? Where is Morrisons’ community spirit? On their website they claim they are ‘Taking good care of our shoppers, colleagues and communities’ – not so in Reigate! Given its central position, the car park has historically acted as a ‘hub’ for much of the town’s evening activity.

We recognise Morrisons’ need to manage parking for their customers during the day, but think they should support the local residents and traders by making it available from 6 p.m. Mon-Sat.

We will therefore continue to campaign for the following:

  •  any future restrictions to only apply 8am – 6 pm Mon-Sat, 10-4 Sun
  • clear signposting of any new parking restrictions
  • review of the no return within 3 hours rule

Please encourage your friends and family to sign the petition on the GoPetition website if they haven’t already done so.

UPDATE: Morrisons are reviewing their car park policy – but it doesn’t go far enough

June 10, 2009

It has been reported in the online version of the Surrey Mirror that Morrisons are offering to do a partial u-turn on the new parking policy.  However, it does not fully address the need to “turn the cameras off” at 6pm and does not address Sundays. Under their new proposal they will operate the 2 hour limit between 8am and 9pm 7 days per week (even though they close before 9pm on both Saturdays and Sundays, and don’t open until 10.00am on Sundays).

The 3 hour “no return to car park” is still to be enforced.

As one person commented on the Surrey Mirror website, “The relaxation of restrictions by Morrisons is disingenuous. They will still profit significantly from people dropping their children off at school before 9.00 am, and parking for 10 minutes or so, and then possibly returning to shop later the same morning. Likewise, it will still be impossible to shop late afternoon and then return for the cinema, for example, before 9.00pm. Their apparent ‘U-turn’ is nothing more than an empty gesture aimed at limiting the bad publicity. We mustn’t allow them to get away with it.”

So, there is still some way to go before we have in place a set of parking rules that fit the needs of residents and local businesses, as well as Morrisons.

In the meantime we want to continue gathering signatures as there is still work to be done.

Thanks for your continued support.

2PM June 10th: 1250 signatures have been gathered. Keep them coming…

June 10, 2009

What are Morrisons obligations regarding the car park?

June 10, 2009

Many people who have signed the petition have commented that the supermarket was built (in 1993) on the site of a public car park (and brewery?), and as such Morrisons (as the current owners) are required to abide by agreements made with the Council at the time of the development. It is not clear exactly what these agreements are, but the Council have confirmed that Morrisons are required to discuss any proposals with them before implementing any changes to car park management. It would appear that Morrisons have not done this. Hopefully the Council will come down on Morrisons like a tonne of bricks…. Watch this space.

Start date of Camera use

June 10, 2009

We were orignally told by a deputy manager at Morrisons Reigate that the new parking policy with the use of cameras was started on Thursday 28th May. However a number of people have commented that they received parking charge notices relating to 27 May. We have amended the website and petition accordingly, BUT if you have evidence that the start date was even earlier than this please leave a comment on this blog. Thank you.

9.00AM 10 June: 1000 signatures gathered!

June 10, 2009

The petition is gathering pace and at 9.00am today we reached 1000 signatures and on average it is receiving a new supporter/signature every 60 seconds! In fact the petition is gathering so much momentum that it is No.1 on the “most active list” on the GoPetition website!!

Thanks for all your support – this is a really worthy cause because the impact of Morrison’s car park changes on Reigate, its residents and its businesses could be very significant. In particular the 2hr rule in the evenings.

The next milestone is to hit 2000 signatures so we need everyone to encourage as many local residents to sign the petition as soon as possible. Please contact all your friends, famiy and work colleagues and tell them about what Morrisons has done and that there is a petition to fight back. Thank you.

June 9, 2009

UPDATE: 9.30PM JUNE 9th

  • Thanks to all those who turned up for the Surrey Mirror photo call at Morrisons’ car park this afternooon.
  • We hope for good coverage of this campaign in the Surrey Mirror newspaper due out this Thursday, 11 June – keep an eye out for it.
  • Add your comments to the Surrey Mirror article they’ve published online
  • As at 9.30pm today we achieved 900 signatures on the petition in just 3 days and we’re now getting a new signature every 60 seconds on average. We’d like to target 2000 signatures, so please get your friends, family and colleagues to sign up. Thanks for your support.

STOP PRESS – Surrey Mirror photo call at Morrisons Tuesday June 9th 5.30pm

June 8, 2009

SURREY MIRROR PHOTO CALL AT MORRISONS, REIGATE
5.30PM TUESDAY JUNE 9TH
(Meet at entrance to car park at Bell Street)

 One of the senior reporters from the Surrey Mirror has picked up on the anger brewing in Reigate/Redhill about the changes at Morrisons. They would like as many people as possible to turn up outside Morrisons for the above photo shoot – the more who can the bigger the impact will be on Morrisons.

Perhaps you could also let any friends know who you think would feel able to support this community cause.

And add your comments to the online article the Surrey Mirror has published.