I have a bus pass and a bicycle so hopefully I can look a little objectively,not to say cynically at our parking problems.
I know cars are parked on double yellows for long periods but why not;rules are only viable if there is fear of enforcement and let’s face it;if you were unlucky enough to incur a couple of fines in the course of a year(what would that be £160?).
That is little more than £3 a week,a bargain I would say.
Then there is the oft referred to car park in Wainwright Road, not a long walk but along that unsurfaced, unlit and overgrown footpath,no thanks.
I don’t think that police resources should be used for routine enforcement so really that only leaves us with decriminalisation but to the layman ie me, the council do little more than hold a meeting (tea biscuits and expenses)and achieve little.
Well how difficult can it really be if most of the country have already done it?
I suspect that councillors from rural areas are largely unaffected and don’t support it, I would like to be wrong.
I regularly have to drive to Maidstone and as congested as that town is there is usually free short-term on street parking to be had, decriminalised and vigorously enforced but it is available!
With regard to traders complaints perhaps a review of opening hours so that there was some trading outside of office hours could help, radical maybe but 9am-5pm is a little out of date now.
Incidentally the flower tub to which Paul Wright refers is in a yard at Broad Oak Park, probably removed as it was taking up a valuable parking space!
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