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City visitors need somewhere to park
3:25pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Salisbury Letters
THERE has been much discussion here in recent weeks about redevelopment of various sites in the city to promote ‘regeneration’.
Despite Mary Portas trying to preserve an anachronism, the high streets of most towns will change into leisure areas and places where personal presence is necessary to obtain the service needed.
Under the influence of the internet, coffee shops thrive while electrical retailers fail and banks close branches.
However, the essence of visiting for leisure is easy access and thus generous city centre parking provision is key to future prosperity.
Park and ride is useless if you want to go into the city in the evening. Even if the service were running, do you really want to take a bus late at night to a remote parking area?
All I have seen recently is proposed restrictions in city centre parking.
The parking for the Playhouse, City Hall and other central venues is very convenient at present and should not be sacrificed.
One good thing about Salisbury now is that you can get parked reasonably easily.
Spoil this for politically correct reasons and you will make people go elsewhere.
Suggestions to make the city centre ‘car free’ and ‘no through’ will be extremely inconvenient for those who live in and visit the centre. Councillors everywhere just don’t seem to see the importance to the public of convenient access by car and seem focussed only on public transport and bicycles.
MALCOLM WINTER, Whiteparish