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Lack of signs blamed for parking problems
A SHORTAGE of signs means parked cars are clogging up one of Salisbury’s most attractive areas, angering residents and business owners.
St Thomas’s Square is being blighted by cars that are blocking access to businesses and getting in the way of wedding cars and hearses arriving for services at the church.
The problem has been caused by insufficient signage, despite assurances from Wiltshire Council that it will address the problem.
Although St Thomas’s Square is a restricted parking area, traffic wardens are powerless to enforce the rules or issue fines because there is no “zonal entry plate” at the entrance to the square informing motorists of the restrictions.
Signs saying “no parking” displayed on the side of the church and shops are being ignored, and residents and shopkeepers say the square is becoming a free car park.
“This used to be one of the nicest bits of Salisbury, but now it’s ruined by the parked cars,” said Sandra Barnes, who has owned the Silver Gift Gallery for 20 years.
“They park right outside my window so people can’t see my displays properly. I’ve started putting notes on their cars but people don’t like that.
“The council is so keen on enforcing parking rules in the rest of Salisbury, but here they do nothing.
“These cars block the church, which is terrible when there are weddings and funerals.
“And there have been times when the restaurant has had to put its outside tables either side of parked vehicles.
It really isn’t good enough.”
Peter Knipe, who has lived in the square for 26 years, said: “The council has let us down. We were told these signs would be put up but nothing has been done.
“This is a tourist city, but visitors walking from the coach park have to pick their way through parked cars and it really spoils the appearance of the square. People are parked here day and night. All it needs is the correct signage and the problem will go away, but no one seems willing to do anything about it.”
Owner of Oso Silver Natalie Ashton added: “It makes deliveries difficult. There is a lack of parking for people living nearby and it is so expensive to use the main car parks.”
A Wiltshire Council spokesman admitted the zonal parking sign has been missing “for some time” and said: “Our contractor is aware, and will replace it in due course.”
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