A parking meter has now been installed at the Culbin Forest, Wellhill car park. There is also one at Roseisle. I believe there are more in Glen Affric. This is not acceptable.
It amounts to a charge for access, not merely parking, as it states glibly on the offending Culbin parking ticket dispenser. "Trails, facilities, wildlife, views, adventure... and all you pay for is the parking!" it states. How dare they presume ownership of wildlife, views and adventure!?
How much did it cost to install, how much to service and maintain this ticket machine? How much for someone to enforce the charges? Will the forest tracks be used only by those who have more disposable income, the "privileged"? Will youth groups such as the Cubs and Scouts, Guides be forced to stump up precious funds to visit?
Some families seeking a healthy, active day out may think twice about driving (the only way to get there) there for an afternoon of fresh air, especially as the cost of fuel is continuing to rise, and pay freezes and redundancies are common...
This is a disgrace and I am furious. Please make reference to this matter on your illustrious site.
Thank you.Rant over, for now...
It does indeed look like these meters are appearing elsewhere in Scotland too Bob: "Parking meters appear overnight at Cairngorm beauty spot"