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imagine having £95k to spend on a parking space
of a parking space costing LESS than a house. How common, just imagine.
but in chelsea it is worth it because there is always the chance you will see ollie and i love his hair and the way he is so camp i really love him i like ollie very much i would pay 95000 pounds to park next to him
yesterday the Evening Standard was all up in arms about how charging for formerly free parking spaces in Westminster would destroy the West End, because people wouldn't want to pay £25 to park on a night out. They reckoned that the council would raise £7 million in parking charges but the West End would lose £800 million in lost business. They had an interview with Michel Roux saying all his restaurant staff would have to leave because they wouldn't be able to afford to drive.
I might be being naive, but I didn't even know there was free parking in Westminster. Because I've never met anyone who would drive to central London on a night out. Even when I was young and me and my family would visit London for a theatre trip or something, we would never have driven.
Do people really do this? Why wouldn't the restaurant staff be able to go on the Tube? Who DOES park in Westminster for a night out, rather than using public transport or a taxi? And are the people who do drive not so wealthy that it wouldn't affect them?
could that be it then? All the bar staff and waiters, rather than the people going out to pubs and restaurants?
I think it's more the staff than the clientele that businesses are worried about in this instance, although obviously in Mayfair etc you'll also get people who simply don't use public transport.
Workers at casinos, restaurants, bars, etc which close after 1am when the tube has closed don't have the option of using it. Many of them would also leave outside London and would commute. It puts a lot of staff, particularly women, at risk of crime at that time of night if they have to walk a km or two to their vehicles, since they can't reasonably afford to spend half their hourly wage on parking the car.
not his staff. The kind of people who go to restaurants in the Mayfair area of town are less likely to use public transport than the rest of the population, so I suppose that’s what he’s getting at.
a lot of the streets in Mayfair / Marylebone have ample street parking.
i was in a Nero in Mayfair once, I saw a guy pull up in a total midlifecrisissportscar, get out, come in, and then start swearing when he got a ticket. A hurrr. A durrrrr.
Pay 'em a proper wage then (or open a restaurant somewhere your precious staff can afford to commute to), you elitist wankrag.
although part of Roux's argument is that there isn't actually a congestion problem, and that this new tax has been introduced to patch over the holes in Westminster council's budget. I think Paul Dimoldenberg and other Labour councillors have said pretty much the same thing.
Whether you think Roux should just accept it and raise his wages (and presumably his prices, to cover the rise) is up to you. I'm undecided tbh. Probably because I have a bit of a mancrush on him which is blinding me to social justice.
this is fiscal realiteeeee baybeeeee
Just fucking raise the Council Tax: best of both worlds.
Also, I thought it was just night time / evening parking that was free right now. Maybe the staff Junior Roux is talking about are the ones who finish after last tube (though I still don't quite buy into that argument).
not sure what it is now but I remember it used to be around half of Camden's.
at one point they were talking about being a zero council tax borough.
So in that case my suggestion stands.
but they forego their right to some (all?) of their share of the grants from government if they do.
and I mean studied REALLY hard in school & college, got a first in University and got a good job and worked hard to get promoted, they could afford a parking space in Chelsea.
You gotta be passionate.
does a Helicopter cost?
I think the point is there are loads of places in the country where houses cost less than that. Not all of them are as bad as Middlesbrough.
which is a 2 bed mid-terrace recent build in a 'pleasant' market town an hour north of London.
i guess it just makes better copy.
(also their methodology is a little wonky/hmmmm. but, you know, THE STORY)
I saw a house there advertised for £5k a couple of years ago. Admittedly it didn't have electricity or a roof, but still.
Hodge Hill 10.7%
no need to be all internets about it
Use it wisely, young padawan
When do we want it? Now!
I'd obviously be voting for the former.
£95k for a parking space, or just risking a parking fine every single day.
That would work, right?
because the EVIL government are keeping interest rates low and so STEALING all the money that rightfully BELONGS to all the savers in this country who DESERVE a return to high interest rates on their accounts.
Means it would take 2,375 fines to reach £95k. That's 6.5 years!
£95,000 / 365 days = £260
Or does your car get towed away if you park somewhere you shouldn't (I'm talking public roads, not private fly by night stealth car parks)? Even if it does, £95 k pays for a lot of recovery charges (obviously there's the inconvenience...).
Buy a new car every day, right? Got it.
My car is worth a third of that and runs just fine.
Work a three day work and buy a new car every day!
how good would that be because we would be able to afford fancy things like the proper silverware and i would be able to own a plant that does not die in 5 minutes or more
If the average house in Boro is £82.3k and a parmo costs about a fiver, you could get a house AND 2540 parmos for the cost of a parking space. Deal of the century.