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Parking anger is clear to see
12:07pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Postbag
SHOCK, horror at Wiltshire Council’s announcement that there is to be a review of the city’s parking charges.
I have, along with what is probably the vast majority of the residents of Salisbury, got angry, grown tired and changed my habits out of frustration over the ridiculous situation created out of excessive charges with machines that fail to take any denomination below 10p and that will not give change.
The pages of the Journal have echoed the frustrations of the city centre businesses and car park users alike and yet in last week’s Journal, Wiltshire Council leader Cllr Jane Scott would not be drawn on whether the parking charges would go up or down.
It takes a lot to change people’s habits and now is the time for the people of Salisbury to shout out loud and clear if they are passionate like I am about seeing the city prosper once again, before this review passes by and another opportunity is lost.
At the time of writing, Cllr Mark Timbrell’s Facebook page ‘Reduce Salisbury Parking Charges’ has quickly grown to 990 members who are helping to bring issues with parking around Salisbury to our attention.
The Tory administration likes to point out that Salisbury has a low number of empty shops.
What we do have is a high proportion of charity shops and restaurants, so is that good?
No, if Salisbury’s city centre businesses are to recover, there needs to be a substantial change in approach to parking charges for short-stay parking.
If people living outside of the ring road area are expected to use the bus, as Cllr Scott suggests, then they need and deserve a regular service.
What is clear is that Wiltshire Council is completely out of touch with the people it is there to represent, for Salisbury to be competitive it needs a fair balanced parking plan.
LABOUR CLLR TOM CORBIN, Bemerton Ward
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