The cost of car parking is a hot topic in Uxbridge, as the intu shopping centre increased fares and changed to a two-hourly charging system.
Since shoppers have noticed the increase, with some prices soaring to 150% of the previous cost, getwestlondon has seen an outpouring of “disgust” across social media.
Some were “shocked” when they saw the new charge appear after their shopping visit, others compared the centre to Westfield White City, and some will now “boycott” the car park in favour of rival across the High Street, the Pavilions.
We've scoured social media to pull together your reaction and give you a comparison of cost:
Nate Peterson: "It's disgusting. My wife parked there for six hours and 20 minutes and we're charged £10. This was from about 5pm, so the majority of that time was in the evening when the car park isn't even busy, so I just don't understand the justification for that level of payment. We can park at Westfield for a full day and pay less than that."
Ron McCrea: "We are paying for the new machines and intu's profit. For that price I'd expect smart parking like they have in Westfield."
Michelle Bird: "Never use them I always go to the Pavilions. A hell of a lot cheaper and bigger spaces."
Michele Tuck: "Must admit [I] can't believe how much they now charging - may have to start using Pavilion car park as intu not worth £4 plus to go shopping."
Meg Clements: "I work in the shopping centre and all staff were charged £10 for their staff car park card, which was previously free. We are still charged £4 or more to park in the centre, and from our store alone the centre made at least £80 on the initial purchase, so an increase in parking prices is ridiculous!"
Sameet Sharma: "[intu] really didn't need to do most of the upgrades. The previous cash machines suffered no issues. Previous pricing policy was better and you got free parking after work on weekdays 5-6pm."
Gordon Eaton: "Think I'll boycott on their car park and use the Pavilions car park and walk the little distance. Also, Pavilions has Hillingdon card tariffs."
Stephanie Preston: "It is a joke and why do they not offer discount to Hillingdon resident with Hillingdon first cards? It's cheaper to get the bus!"
Reena Patel: "The price increase is disgusting. More people need to complain to bring the price down."
Laurie Taylor, general manager of intu Uxbridge, said: "We are aware of a small number of comments about changes to our car parks and tariffs.
"We regularly review the fees that we charge in our car parks. While we always want to be able to offer our visitors good value for money, we also need to ensure that our car park tariffs cover the cost of regular upkeep and improvements such as the newly installed entry barriers and payment machines.
"We also consider factors such as average length of car park stay and in response to this we have simplified the charging structure.
"We believe that our car park prices compare favourably to other private car parks in the city centre and suit the needs of the majority of our visitors.
"We will continue listen to comments and will of course take all feedback on board to ensure we’re listening and responding to the needs of our visitors. We welcome comments on the changes via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01895 817 543."
intu offers free parking all day on Sundays for Blue Badge holders and say they have "simplified" the system by pricing tariffs in two hourly increments.
Pavilions provide two car parks, Cedars and Grainges, which are both run by Hillingdon Council and offers discount to Hillingdon First Card holders.
|Up to 2 hours||£2.00||£1.40 (£1.00*)|
|Up to 3 hours||£4.00||£2.40 (£2.00)|
|Up to 4 hours||£4.00||£3.00 (£2.50)|
|Up to 5 hours||£5.00||£4.00 (£3.20)|
|Up to 6 hours||£5.00||£6.80 (£4.50)|
|Up to 8 hours||£10.00||£11.00 (£6.50)|
|Up to 10 hours||£10.00||£16.00 (£8.50)|
|Sunday (All day)||£2.50||£2.70 (£2.00)|
*Prices in italics indicate cost when used with a Hillingdon First Card.
This table is for a comparison and does not include every tariff.