Car Park ANPR system
at All Saints Whitstable
All Saints Church Whitstable will be bringing in an ANPR system this summer, 2021, as we have found that more and more people are parking their cars in our car parks who are not visiting our church, churchyard, hall, nursery school or scout hut. This is making it increasingly difficult for our regular visitors to find parking. It has also made it impossible to keep parking limited to a safe number of users as our Risk Assessment picked up that the irregular and unmonitored use of our car park was causing a danger to pedestrians on our site, many of whom are children and vulnerable adults.
We have tried a temporary gate but discovered this was being opened by unauthorised users. We cannot lock the car parks as we also have a very busy church hall, scout hut and nursery school, most of which are open much of the week and which all require parking for those who use these facilities. A gate system therefore has been proven not to work.
We therefore have had to opt for an ANPR system as the best alternative to keep the car park free of unregistered users and available for the frequent sudden arrival of a large number of cars for weddings, funerals, baptisms, church hall events, and much more besides. The car park may look empty on occasions but this is so that it can accommodate these sudden arrivals of large number of cars.
This system will be monitored by an external agency Countrywide parking who will issue parking charges to unauthorised users of the car parks and any enquiries about how the system will work can be directed to them. Please visit their website www.countrywideparking.co.uk for contact details.
All Saints Whitstable Church Council 25th June 2021
NOTICE FOR CHURCHYARD VISITORS
You are welcome to park for up to one hour in our church car parks when visiting the churchyard. If you require longer than an hour we are happy to suggest a number of places nearby where you can park for longer. Contact Rev Simon Tillotson at firstname.lastname@example.org on on 07833 448287 to discuss that further.
We sadly have to restrict parking in the church car parks to one hour due to the high volume of cars using the car parks and the fact that without the ANPR system in pace our car parks quickly fill up with cars that are not visiting either the church, the churchyard, the nursery or the hall.