New parking restrictions are to be put in place at Montem Leisure Centre to protect the car park from inconsiderate parking.
Automated number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are being installed at the entrances and exits to the car park with only leisure centre users and council staff and visitors being permitted to park there.
Anyone who parks without registering their vehicle when visiting the council or the leisure centre will receive an automatic fine of £100, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.
There will also be a warden patrol to issue fines for inconsiderate parking such as:
- outside of a designated marked bay
- on pathways
- on the grass verges
- in disabled bays without displaying a valid blue badge
- over two bays
- blocking in other cars
Registration points will be installed at reception at Montem Leisure Centre and at St Martins Place, the main council headquarters. Another registration point will be installed at Slough Ice Arena when it opens.
Leisure Centre users will be able to park for three hours for free as long as they register. There will also be a 30-minute grace period for people dropping off or picking up from the leisure centre.
Councillor Rob Anderson, lead member for environment and leisure, said: “For too long Montem Leisure Centre car park has been a free for all with commuter parking, airport parking and all day stayers working elsewhere in the borough hogging the spaces and leaving leisure centre users with nowhere.
“We know the difficulty in parking has discouraged people from using Montem during the week and we want this to change.
“We are taking this action because we do not want to penalise the leisure centre users by charging them when the parking issues are not of their making.
“The car park is for the leisure centre and the ice arena and now we are ensuring those who want to use the facilities can park freely and without trouble.”
The restrictions come into place on Tuesday 2 April.