AN Olympic rower criticised by councillors for parking his car in a restricted bay says it’s not his fault, write
AN Olympic rower criticised by councillors for parking his car in a restricted bay says it’s not his fault, write Phil Simms and Dan Robinson.
Will Satch, 24, says he has had to use the bay in Duke Street, Henley, because street parking is limited.
His actions were attacked this week at a meeting of the town council’s traffic advisory committee.
Councillor Kellie Hinton said: “At least three or four times a week Will Satch has his car parked there. I know it is him because it has got his name on it.
“Perhaps we should approach these people directly.”
Satch said he sometimes used the bay in Duke Street, which is near his flat, after 5pm because there was nowhere else to park in the town centre.
He said: “I will leave the car there until I go training at 7am the next morning. Otherwise I have to walk to Leander Club, where I park the car the rest of the time.
“It seems silly to get a parking permit for £80 because there’s only about two spaces you can use so it’s pointless. It’s such a small town.
“Occasionally I will park there for about 10 minutes to nip into the flat, which all my flatmates also do, and there have been occasions when I’ve got a parking ticket for doing that.”
Satch, a bronze medallist at the London Olympics, added: “You get a lot of people parking there to nip into town, which is annoying for people who live there, although I know it’s not our loading bay.”
Chris Hulme, Thames Valley Police traffic management officer, told the committee that it was a “nightmare” to police the loading bays.
“People don’t understand the difference between loading and shopping,” he said.
Mr Hulme said police community support officers carried out parking enforcement but it was a small part of their duties.
The committee was discussing options to create an additional disabled bay and more residents’ parking spaces.