The Riverside Centre in Newport has “got its car-park back” after some were “abusing the system”, by introducing a strict new parking requirement.

The centre’s manager has told Isle of Wight Radio that introducing a new and “simpler” parking system has been a “last resort” measure.

Isle of Wight Radio was told that charities, volunteers and community groups who had been using the Riverside Centre for meetings and discussions had previously complained there were not enough spaces for them.

The new parking system was trialled in July and following its success, it went “live” in August. Islanders were notified by newsletters, leaflets and signs over the summer.

Islanders using the on-site car park would previously use a sign-in system at the Riverside’s reception desk.

Managers say a “simpler” way of working is now in place: Enter your registration into an iPad, which confirms you have a “permit”. Motorists are not required to display anything in the windscreen. If you are dropping off, or picking up, a visitor you have 20 minutes to do so.

However, if you fail to register your vehicle at reception you will receive a £100 fine, which is reduced to £60 if paid within 2 weeks. Isle of Wight Radio understands a number of people have fallen foul of the new system and are facing large fines.

The Manager said,

“This new system really is a last resort, people were abusing the car park before and we had tried warning them but it needed to change. We had stroke patients who needed to use the centre but there were no spaces available, which was not acceptable.”