The George Reynolds Centre at Henhayes urgently needs its own parking space as parking fines continue to be issued to drivers stopping to unload outside the centre. Delivery drivers, exhibitors, musicians, visiting sports teams and parents who stop briefly to unload goods and equipment, drop off players and pick up children from play and youth activities, currently do so at their own risk, returning to find a parking charge notice for the penalty of £70, attached to their windscreen.
The George Reynolds Centre opened in November 2012. It is a premier community, sports and licensed recreation club, run by a management team and owned by Crewkerne Town Council. Manager Sarah Wills told Crewkerne Headlines And Topics that she has written numerous letters to back up appeals against the parking fines, to South Somerset District Council, which she added have mostly had favourable outcomes, and has raised the parking problem with Crewkerne Town Council on countless occasions. Sarah has been issued with a parking charge notice when she has returned from Cash & Carry with provisions for the centre, as have brewery lorries, tradesmen contracted to work at the GRC, exhibitors at events, musicians taking in sound equipment, sports referees and many others.
There are double yellow lines in front of the George Reynolds Centre, a parking area reserved for buses dropping off people to the Aqua Centre, a parking space for mini-buses dropping off people to the Henhayes Centre, which is opposite and also has several parking spaces, for permit holders only. An argument put forward by SSDC is that vehicles with their boot or door open would not incur a parking penalty as it would be evident to their civil enforcement officers (previously known as parking attendants) that the driver was on a delivery. Sarah replied by saying that leaving a vehicle unattended with the boot or door open is an invitation to any person so inclined, to help themselves to any contents in the vehicle. She is hoping that Crewkerne Town Council will take the matter seriously and come up with a permanent solution, to prevent other delivery drivers from receiving a parking fine.