Parking isn't just for the people of Salisbury

I FEEL I must take issue with Alan Clarke (Postbag, November 28) and contributors to the ‘what you’re saying’ column in the December 5 edition of the Journal over their comments concerning free parking on Sundays for Christmas trading.

Salisbury parking is not exclusively for Salisbury people.

To openly discourage visitors from other towns by implying that Salisbury council tax payers would not welcome them to park for free and spend money in Salisbury surely jeopardises Salisbury’s reputation, and its strength in the retail market place.

Equally, I challenge Annie Riddle, who feels bribed with her own money (Journal Opinion, December 5) and the others above, to consider that we all pay our council taxes for the greater good of Salisbury’s community.

Additionally, I ask those admitting to abandoning Salisbury for other towns for the sake of cheaper parking, how they know those other towns do not use their council tax to fund that cheaper parking.

Neither council tax nor parking charges are means-tested by how much money one has in their pocket, so I would fully support a small rise of the suggested £1.30 per month on all council tax bands if it were used to subsidise free parking on Tuesday’s market day and Sundays all year round.

The greater good would be that retailers and market stall holders would see increased weekly takings, and that Salisbury’s shops have a better chance of staying open for business.

By the way, I am not a retailer. I am a lifelong Salisbury resident who cares about Salisbury’s economic future.

CELIA MERWOOD, Firsdown

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8:15pm Mon 23 Dec 13

karlmarx says...

As parking revenue for Wiltshire council is DOWN 2% from last year you have to ask the question, are they pricing themselves out of the market?
Certainly looks like it from the latest figures, you decide.
As parking revenue for Wiltshire council is DOWN 2% from last year you have to ask the question, are they pricing themselves out of the market? Certainly looks like it from the latest figures, you decide. karlmarx

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