Problems with inadequate parking

THE seemingly perpetual issue of inadequate car parking spaces at Salisbury railway station has again provoked correspondence in the Journal and Annie Riddle's reasoned article in last week’s issue.

She points to a reasonable solution in the form of an additional storey.

But then comes the inevitable question---who is responsible for or indeed interested in tackling the problem?

A year ago when this matter was raised in the Journal (far from the first time), we had the usual responses from those involved.

South West Trains said that they were in discussion with Wiltshire Council concerning car parking.

At the same time councillor Richard Clewer told you that car parking was a big issue and needed a proper debate. And what has happened to progress matters in the last twelve months?

My guess is probably nothing.

It is not good enough for Mr Alistair Cunningham, Wiltshire Council's head of economic development, to state the obvious, namely that the council does not want car parks in the centre of Salisbury to be filled up with the cars of those taking the train to London.

Yet he is currently in favour of removing long term parking in the city, and ignoring the problem created by South West Trains.

Why is it not possible to forget the long-promised debate and simply have some joined-up thinking on this?

After all this time can’t Wiltshire Council and South West Trains sit down together to agree and progress a sensible solution?

Perhaps their first task could be to read Annie Riddle's article aloud.

Alan Strong, Hanging Langford

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3:17pm Wed 9 Apr 14

gingin says...

The problem will only intensify when the 500 houses at HP2 are built and also more houses at the Longhedge development!

One solution may be to have Park and Ride buses operating later so people have the choice to use the sites when commuting to London. Alistair Cunningham always makes sweeping statements but without much thought behind them, Wiltshire Council may not want commuters parking in the centre of Salisbury so I suggest they do everyone a favour and sort the problem quickly.
The problem will only intensify when the 500 houses at HP2 are built and also more houses at the Longhedge development! One solution may be to have Park and Ride buses operating later so people have the choice to use the sites when commuting to London. Alistair Cunningham always makes sweeping statements but without much thought behind them, Wiltshire Council may not want commuters parking in the centre of Salisbury so I suggest they do everyone a favour and sort the problem quickly. gingin
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