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Decisions over Market Place
7:00am Thursday 14th February 2013 in Postbag
IN response to Mrs Rushby (Postbag, February 7), she quotes the result of one of the questions asked in the Market Place survey.
When the area board reached its decision, we looked at the full results of the survey, which included the following responses:
* The market should be a pedestrian zone, 61 per cent in favour, 31 per cent against
There should be disabled parking, 53 per cent in favour, 32 per cent against
* There should be more disabled parking in the vicinity, 51 per cent in favour, 24 per cent against
* Disabled parking could be placed on roads on and near the market, 66 per cent support, 18 per cent against.
Based on the full results of the survey, the working group and technical input from officers it was decided to remove all parking from the Market Place, something which is the majority view of the consultation.
We have worked very hard to find alternate spaces for disabled parking and have been able to increase the current 12 spaces in the Market Place and New Canal Street to 22 spaces, which will mean that for the first time almost all of the city centre will be within 50 metres of a disabled space.
A huge amount of work has gone into understanding the accessibility problems faced by disabled people in the city.
The new Market Place surface will be much more accessible for wheelchairs, and we are replacing the pavement in New Canal (one of the worst areas for wheelchair access at the moment) as well as widening the pavement to make it easier to navigate.
The works we are carrying out will make the city much more accessible for people with mobility issues.
It means some of the parking is moving from the Market to New Canal and I understand people’s concerns about change, but this change will significantly improve things.
RICHARD CLEWER, Wiltshire councillor St Paul'sWard Salisbury Chairman, Salisbury Area Board
WITH less than a month until the start date for the Market Place enhancement, chaos is rife within Wiltshire Council.
Traffic orders and footpath closure issues remain unresolved and still no agreement on which slabs are to be laid.
No one is telling the market traders where they are to be moved to.
Consequently, they cannot tell their customers where everyone is going to be and just for good measure, amid all this mayhem and to generally add to the confusion, the city council, which runs the market, decides to reorganise its market management team.
Wiltshire Council blames Salisbury City Council for not keeping anyone informed and Salisbury City Council blames Wiltshire Council for not keeping them informed.
Wiltshire Council is patting itself on the back for rescuing the Market Place and the trees from the ill-conceived plans of Salisbury Vision.
Wiltshire Council is also advocating ‘shop locally’ but, it has emerged, they have set out to buy the granite slabs from China for our lovely, quintessentially English market square.
Added to this chaos there is also the mess made of Queen Elizabeth Gardens, the fiasco of the Guildhall roof, the lack of consultation surrounding disabled parking in the Guildhall Square, and serious question marks over the Maltings development.
And you have to ask yourself, where is the leadership in all this?
Salisbury needs strong leadership and local councillors who will work as part of a team, are part of the community and will listen to and stand up for its residents.
RICKY ROGERS, Wiltshire councillor, and IAN TOMES, Salisbury City councillor