Parking at Waterlooville Precinct can work out very expensive if you get it wrong.
The Curzon Rooms car park is operated by Napier Car Parks – and recently there have been many stories circulating in the media regarding the £90 “charge” imposed by Napier Parking for drivers that either overstayed, or were gifted a pre-used car parking ticket.
The other two public car parks at Waterlooville Precinct are run by Havant Borough Council – these are located next to Wellington Way (near to Iceland) and Rockwell Drive (at the back of the former “Focus Sounds“).
So the differences between the two car parks?
Curzon Rooms Car Park – Napier Parking
- Income from the car park does not stay local
- No free parking at any time – not even Sundays
- No free parking for Disabled Badge Holders
- Frequent Patrols
- £90 “charge” for breaking parking terms and conditions
Whilst taking these photographs – on a Sunday – I was fortunate to be able to redirect several drivers to park (for free) at the Havant Borough Council Car Park instead of parking at the Curzon car park. Sweet.
Certainly the Terms & Conditions of Parking at the Curzon Road car park are verbose – we are unsure where drivers are supposed to park prior to reading this extensive list of do’s and don’ts. The listing does go on to say that all personal possessions need to be removed from the vehicle prior to leaving the car – which is a term that I suspect is actually not possible without putting the contents into a large wheelbarrow and carting them around the shops?
Wellington Way & Rockville Drive – Havant Borough Council Car Parks
- Income from car park stays local
- 5 minute grace period before issuing a penalty ticket
- Free parking on Bank Holidays and Sundays
- Free between 6pm and 8am
- Free parking for Disabled Badge Holders
- Free parking for motorcycles
- Friendly car park attendants (ahem, er – don’t ask how I know)
- Cheaper than Curzon Rooms car park for short stays for less than one hour
- Penalty £50 or £70 (depending on the reason, overstay, poorly parked etc) reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days
If you get a penalty for parking in a HBC Car Park – do not ignore it. If you wish to appeal, and have reasonable grounds to appeal – then do so straight away. If you have no grounds to appeal – then pay the penalty ASAP otherwise the matter is likely to go to court.
Here is the Rockville Drive car park also run by Havant Borough Council.
If you do use the Curzon Rooms car park do ensure you follow these rules to avoid a £90 “charge”:
- Have cash/change ready prior to entering the car park
- Display your ticket clearly
- Buy your ticket from the ticket machine – do not accept a pre-used ticket from another driver
- Ensure you park within a marked bay
- Return to your car prior to the expiry of the ticket
So about the £90 charge, if paid promptly Napier Parking “reduce” the “fee” to £50. Going into ins and outs of whether the “charge” is justified is outside the scope of this article – what I can tell you that as the “charge” is a civil matter, it is not a fine – and if you want to contest the ticket we recommend that you take a look at the Pepipoo Website which has lots of information about Private Parking Tickets.
Have you used the Curzon Rooms car park? Let us know your experiences, good and bad.