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Angry drivers told to pay more or find another spot as Stafford car park floods

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

By Robin Scott

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • Panorama of Sainsbury's Long Stay car park

  • Panorama of Sainsbury's Long Stay car park

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • Sainsbury's long stay car park was closed due to flooding

  • The River Sow by the Riverside

  • The River Sow under Queensway

  • The River Sow bursting its banks in Victoria Park

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FURIOUS commuters confronted by a badly flooded car park in Stafford yesterday were told to pay more money or find another spot.

Motorists, looking to take up their regular spot in the long stay car park near Stafford Sainsbury’s, found the gates closed on Monday morning after heavy rain over the weekend left the car park flooded again.

A parking enforcement officer from Stafford Borough Council, on hand to help drivers, told season ticket holders they could either park in Sainsbury’s short stay car park for £3 or find a space in one of the other long stay car parks in the town.

One season ticket holder who asked to remain anonymous, told the Newsletter the situation was ‘ridiculous’.

“I was set to park in the Long Stay car park, I’ve paid for my ticket,” he said. “Now they want me to put £3 on the car just so I can leave it here.

“I’ve already paid for a season ticket for three months.

“I’ve got 15 minutes to get to work and they want me drive around and see if I can find another parking space somewhere.

“The closest other car park is Kingsmead, which floods anyway, or one over by the train station which is going to be packed already, so where do they want me to go?”

“It’s not my problem that it always floods around here, they shouldn’t take more money off people,” he said. “I’m just going to leave it there, they can stick a ticket on it if they want, I will contest it. No way am I going to pay any more.”

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