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Smart car parking done right – and Helensburgh council finds another scam to screw drivers

There isn’t a great quantity of Smart cars around here, and I doubt if I’ve even seen more than one or two actually being driven.

The vast majority seem to be parked up nearly all the time.

I did look at buying one… once.

Unfortunately, my thrifty (mean) Scottish appreciation of the value for money couldn’t really match the amount of car I could get for the amount of money expended, and while I fully understand the size is not really a defining factor, I could get more for the same money by buying something else.

It’s a shame this doesn’t quite stack, if they could bring the price down it would be a handy option.


The idea of the Smart includes ‘end on parking’ to make better use of parking space.

But I’ve seldom seen it done.

However, one of my local owners has been kind enough to give the chance of a ‘proper’ example of Smart parking.

2014 Smart Fortwo Grandstyle [K3PPU]

2014 Smart Fortwo Grandstyle [K3PPU]

Here’s a thought…

Traffic wardens have now discovered they can issue penalty tickets, apparently enforceable, for cars that are not fully within a marked parking bay.

This usually means that either the nose or tail is outside the marked bay.

Given that a Smart car parked as seen above would clearly be inside the length of a bay, it would extend past the WIDTH of a bay.

How would that be treated?

I am being serious, after this report from Helensburgh, in a FREE car park!

A FURIOUS driver has hit out at the “depths of rottenness” Argyll and Bute Council has stooped to after he was hit with a £30 parking penalty in a free car park.

The Helensburgh driver was given a ticket after leaving his car in the “free section” of the car park at Helensburgh’s pier head.

The man, who has asked not to be named, said he was left in disbelief when the warden on duty at the time told him he was being penalised because his car wheels were outwith the bay markings.

The driver told the Advertiser: “You have to pay for the front section of the car park, but there is a sign stating clearly that beyond a certain point there is no charge and that’s where I parked.

“You don’t expect to have to pay a fine in a free car park.”

However, the council say he was guilty of contravention 86 – “parked beyond the bay markings”.

Driver’s rage at £30 fine in free Helensburgh car park

I used to use that same car park.


I’m beginning to be glad I’ve been priced off the road nowadays – at least I’m no longer a rolling ‘Piggy Bank’ for any authority that wants its coffers topped up.


02/05/2018 Posted by | council, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Oh look… a rowing club

Wandering along the unfamiliar (to me) south bank of the River Clyde, I was slightly surprised to find the home of the Glasgow Rowing Club (established 1983) while somewhere near Polmadie.

That’s not to say I didn’t know there was a club building somewhere down there, noted when I’d been studying maps of the area for other locations, but it never really clicked with me, since I’m more local to the ‘other’ side, where there’s a bigger and presumably older/longer established rowing club building (actually home to the Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club, this boathouse is B listed, a two-storey building completed in 1905), and I have often seen that one in use. I just didn’t know the one on the other side was active.

After all, there’s a matching club building a little to east of that larger one, notable for a Taggart scene involving firearms set on its landing stages. Identified as the University of Glasgow Boat House, this comprises a long, two storey brick building built in 1924..

There were rowers on the river at the time, but as this club house was bolted up tight, they must have come from the other one, but I wasn’t going that far.

Glasgow Rowing Club

Glasgow Rowing Club

Nice to see the graffiti cleaned off – would be even nicer to hear the vandals concerned made a big splash nearby 😉

02/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

River Clyde pilgrimage point?

I can usually come up with a reasonably sensible reason/use for odd things I spot while wandering, but…

This one probably has a practical application for the person who ‘installed’ it (or they’ve just seen far too many crazy Russian ‘lifehacker’ videos on YouTube, repurposing plastic bottles as cups, or shoes, or even gas masks), but if there is a general use, then it escapes me.

I’m certainly in no hurry to touch stagnant water containing who know what!

But on a more amusing note, it could be inspired by the holy water receptacles found in churches, but installed on the fence along the River Clyde, as it blocks easy access for many, so could be provided so that Clyde Worshippers can touch the hallowed waters without having to scale the fence (if they can) and risk sliding down the bank and taking an early or unwanted bath.

Alas, for the many, I’ve seen only this one, near Polmadie, so worshippers still have to at least make their pilgrimage there.

And, no, I’m not even going start guessing about that padlock.

Clyde Worship Point

Clyde Worship Point


Sad to say, a later trip past this point revealed the purpose of this bottle.

It’s used as a vase for a floral tribute, so is probably a memorial to someone who died here.

02/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment


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