Aldi ‘grateful’ for parking heads-up

An eagle-eyed Carnforth resident spotted parking restriction errors at a supermarket in the town.

The resident, who did not wish to be named, said that Aldi was granted planning permission for its new site with one of the planning conditions being that it had to mirror the parking arrangements at the adjacent Booths car park, which allows people to park for two hours and shop in the town.

But he noticed that Aldi, which opened its new store in Scotland Road, Carnforth in October, had allowed ParkingEye to install a number plate recognition camera system at the store which automatically generates ‘parking charges’ for stays exceeding one and a half hour.

The resident said: “I was completely unsurprised to find Aldi had ignored their planning permission conditions by giving a one and a half hour time limit and have stipulated that their car park is for users of their store only.”

But a spokesman for Aldi said: “We are very grateful this has been brought to our attention and after looking into the matter, we have established that the signage in the car park is incorrect.

“As was agreed, the system is set up to allow a two-hour maximum stay and the signs do not currently reflect this.

“Parking Eye has been notified and will be replacing the signs as soon as possible.”

He also confirmed that shoppers were allowed to park at Aldi and shop in the town.