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Free car parking's the way forwards
10:45am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Your Say
WHILE I welcome cheaper car parking and the initiatives on dash and go, we seem to be engaging in a lot of complicated ideas in order to increase business activity in the high street areas.
How about just introducing free car parking throughout the borough?
The cost of having a pay-topark policy – ticket machines, maintenance, signage, parking attendants, people to empty the machines, to count the money, to administer fines, training courses etc, is enormous.
As I understand the council makes a nine per cent profit on car parking and when set against the many possible benefits of attracting more shoppers into the high street who do not have to pay to start with and do not have to worry about getting back before the ticket runs out, it is just not worth the candle.
Let’s get rid of it.
One other benefit would be that residential streets would be freed from people trying to park for nothing while they either go to work or go shopping.
Now would be an ideal time to try out free parking.
From the Advertiser report, it seems all the old machines are coming to the end of their life and there are suggestions that a pay-on-foot system will be instituted in the multistorey.
I wonder just how much it will cost the council to replace the conventional machines in all the car parks and particularly, how much a pay-on-foot system will cost – probably many tens of thousands of pounds.
I would add that no doubt this new equipment will all mean an increase in parking costs and that is hardly going to encourage a greater footfall and rejuvenate the high street.
Free car parking in Test Valley; what an attraction that would be.
Why don’t we just do it?
David Borrett, Lansdowne Ave, Andove