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Review needs to take place
12:01pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Salisbury Letters
AFTER reading the interview with Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott I have to say that I am surprised by many of her answers to some reasonable questions.
Firstly she has ‘promised’ us a parking review as if this was new – her way of ‘listening to the people’.
She forgets to mention that the review has been scheduled since the increase in charges over two years ago.
Her second point was that Salisbury has the highest charges as it has a ‘totally different’ offer to other places in the county. What on earth does that mean?
Because we happen to attract more tourists than most we locals should be expected to pay more?
Or because it is an comparatively expensive area we should be used to being overcharged?
I would love to know what she means by this statement.
As for Cllr Scott choosing Salisbury over Bath, may I remind her that she is the leader of Wiltshire Council; she shouldn’t expect us to thank her for shopping in Wiltshire.
Cllr Scott has pointed out that we are in a recession and that other towns are in a worse state.
She also claims that ‘everybody shops on the internet and at out of town retail units’.
These sound more like arguments for lower charges rather than defending the high ones.
Despite the highest parking costs in the county, Salisbury has seen its income from parking fall while the overall county figure has risen.
We have also not seen the increased use of park and ride that these prices were meant to bring.
What we have seen however is an ever-growing problem of shoppers using residential areas to park and avoid the costs, making it a nightmare to park for anyone who lives within walking distance of the town.
We can no longer afford to wait for this review, the problem is here now. Wiltshire Council has to admit its mistake, bring the review forward and, most importantly, listen to the residents of Salisbury.
CLLR MARK TIMBRELL, St Edmunds and Milford Ward
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