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Council leader is out of touch with parking fears
12:12pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Postbag
I READ with interest the piece on Jane Scott’s response to questions over Salisbury’s parking charges in the Journal.
It is apparent that Cllr Scott does not understand the situation at all and despite the subject being raised again and again, has made little effort to speak to those who are affected by the high charges.
Salisbury does not have a ‘totally different offer’ from the county’s other towns.
OK it has a cathedral, but local people use Salisbury for the bank, post office and shopping just like locals in and around Devizes, Chippenham, Trowbridge or Swindon.
Salisbury should have a large catchment area for shoppers but many are going elsewhere where charges are cheaper – how do I know this? I am told it day after day in my High Street shop.
Two of Cllr Scott’s comments really upset me though.
The first saying that ‘everybody’ shops on the Internet or out of town was unhelpful in the least.
Not everyone wants to do that, many still value the diversity and pleasure that town centre shopping has to offer and Salisbury is the proud home to many independent businesses.
The second, that she wants to boost trade by concentrating on the time after shops close, is ridiculous.
How can that help retail trade?
A booming evening economy would be a welcome addition but do we want to lose the shops that we have left?
The city is not flourishing. A report stating that we had a low level of vacant retail units completely failed to point out that when shops closed they are being replaced by hairdressers, coffee shops and charity outlets.
Let us all celebrate what a beautiful city we live in by supporting local businesses of all kinds, enjoying our cinema, first class theatre and the historical and cultural events on offer.
For now this may mean paying an unreasonable amount to park, but let us hope that Cllr Timbrell’s campaign will force Jane Scott to rethink.
SUSI MASON, Casa Fina, Salisbury
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