Calls for Weymouth to promote its lower parking charges

MESSAGE: Francis Drake in the Park Street Car Park

MESSAGE: Francis Drake in the Park Street Car Park

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WEYMOUTH and Portland’s first UKIP councillor has waded into the town’s car park charges debate by suggesting the new charging regime should be better promoted.

While some businesses are reporting increased footfall due to free overnight parking and lower daytime pricing at council car parks, it is claimed not enough is being done to tell people about the changes.

New UKIP councillor Francis Drake, who owns Antonio’s Café, says the message should be out there that Weymouth is charging less for parking. He added that charges should be lower still.

The town has been under fire before for the amount it charges for people to park and it has been suggested that high prices have put people off visiting.

But a parking revolution by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council following a review has seen major changes. It is now free to park from 6pm to 9.30am in most council car parks and pay and display charges have dropped, some by more than 60 per cent. Following a trial, the changes came into force on April 1.

Pricing bands mean it’s cheaper the further from the town centre you park.

In Governors Lane for example it is 70p for half an hour and £1.50 for one hour while at Park Street car park it is 50p for half an hour and £1 for one hour.

Mr Drake, who won the town centre seat last week beating Mayor Ray Banham, believes the new charges are not promoted enough and should be communicated further afield.

He said: “Free evening parking is good but only for evening trade. Lower charges have had no effect at all and a lot of people I speak to complain it’s still too high.

“It doesn’t help if we’re keeping the lower charges to ourselves – people as far away as Bristol need to know about them.

“We don’t tell anyone what our parking arrangements are. This happened before – a year ago the council allowed free parking on Sundays, but apart from some posters in local shops no-one was told.”

He suggested there should be also free out-of-season parking in Weymouth car parks, part funded by BID revenues, and parking refund schemes if visitors spend at local shops.

Chairman of the Weymouth Hotelier and Guesthouse Leaseholders Association Dave Price agreed it wasn’t being promoted enough.

He said: “Everyone who noticed it is pleasantly surprised but it’s a shame we haven’t gone out and advertised it properly.

“I know hotels have put it on their Facebook pages but it would be nice if the council had been more proactive.”

President of Weymouth and Portland’s Chamber of Commerce Julie Cleaver said: “From speaking to businesses we’ve found they have had an increase in the number of customers visiting them. People are making the decision to drive into Weymouth in the evening based on the free parking.”

Alistair Clarke from Weymouth BID said: “Anything to help bring more people into the town is a good thing.

“Promotion is a continual thing though and spreading the word more than once would certainly be good.”

Phil Say from Weymouth Pavilion said: “Free parking in the evening has helped us a lot and we have had an increase in customers.

“It’s benefited the town as whole too.”

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9:11am Tue 27 May 14

weymouth lady says...

Considering there is more shops than cafe's/restaurants in town and a lot of closed premises why is the council and Weymouth Bid not advertising this, parking should be a lot cheaper for the shops to get customers in, we pay enough in business rates and council tax and forced to pay the bid levy, now earn your money.
Considering there is more shops than cafe's/restaurants in town and a lot of closed premises why is the council and Weymouth Bid not advertising this, parking should be a lot cheaper for the shops to get customers in, we pay enough in business rates and council tax and forced to pay the bid levy, now earn your money. weymouth lady
  • Score: 6

9:14am Tue 27 May 14

woodsedge says...

Wow, that has to be the quickest u turn from local policy in election history! Cosmick the Echo voice of UKIP wrote on 11 May:

"They will work to get parking sorted out in WEYMOUTH. More free parking to help people who just have to pop into town"

And our new UKIP councillor is talking about advertising the current arrangments and "suggesting" free out of season parking. Not exactly in line with their manifesto, wait a minute we didn't have one only cosmick! Another local politician with a business in the town talking about free parking and footfall, same old same old.
Wow, that has to be the quickest u turn from local policy in election history! Cosmick the Echo voice of UKIP wrote on 11 May: "They will work to get parking sorted out in WEYMOUTH. More free parking to help people who just have to pop into town" And our new UKIP councillor is talking about advertising the current arrangments and "suggesting" free out of season parking. Not exactly in line with their manifesto, wait a minute we didn't have one only cosmick! Another local politician with a business in the town talking about free parking and footfall, same old same old. woodsedge
  • Score: 3

10:02am Tue 27 May 14

codlips says...

woodsedge wrote:
Wow, that has to be the quickest u turn from local policy in election history! Cosmick the Echo voice of UKIP wrote on 11 May:

"They will work to get parking sorted out in WEYMOUTH. More free parking to help people who just have to pop into town"

And our new UKIP councillor is talking about advertising the current arrangments and "suggesting" free out of season parking. Not exactly in line with their manifesto, wait a minute we didn't have one only cosmick! Another local politician with a business in the town talking about free parking and footfall, same old same old.
Eh? What are you on about? He's trying to do something positive for the town and you still try and find fault. Typical of one of the local whingers who slate anything, be it good, bad or ukip.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: Wow, that has to be the quickest u turn from local policy in election history! Cosmick the Echo voice of UKIP wrote on 11 May: "They will work to get parking sorted out in WEYMOUTH. More free parking to help people who just have to pop into town" And our new UKIP councillor is talking about advertising the current arrangments and "suggesting" free out of season parking. Not exactly in line with their manifesto, wait a minute we didn't have one only cosmick! Another local politician with a business in the town talking about free parking and footfall, same old same old.[/p][/quote]Eh? What are you on about? He's trying to do something positive for the town and you still try and find fault. Typical of one of the local whingers who slate anything, be it good, bad or ukip. codlips
  • Score: 21

10:09am Tue 27 May 14

PEJ says...

With respect some people talk a lot of twaddle. Woodsedge you are wrong. I have recently retired from the bed and breakfast business in Weymouth. I used to ask my customers their thoughts on Weymouth and what changes they would like to see. 75% stated car parking charges are too high. My suggestion to the council instead of free charging overnight charge a minimal fee such as £1.50 from 6pm to 9.30 am the next day. This could then be offset against the daytime charges making it more viable to shop in Weymouth.
With respect some people talk a lot of twaddle. Woodsedge you are wrong. I have recently retired from the bed and breakfast business in Weymouth. I used to ask my customers their thoughts on Weymouth and what changes they would like to see. 75% stated car parking charges are too high. My suggestion to the council instead of free charging overnight charge a minimal fee such as £1.50 from 6pm to 9.30 am the next day. This could then be offset against the daytime charges making it more viable to shop in Weymouth. PEJ
  • Score: 7

10:18am Tue 27 May 14

woodsedge says...

PEJ wrote:
With respect some people talk a lot of twaddle. Woodsedge you are wrong. I have recently retired from the bed and breakfast business in Weymouth. I used to ask my customers their thoughts on Weymouth and what changes they would like to see. 75% stated car parking charges are too high. My suggestion to the council instead of free charging overnight charge a minimal fee such as £1.50 from 6pm to 9.30 am the next day. This could then be offset against the daytime charges making it more viable to shop in Weymouth.
I agree with your comment other than the "twaddle" bit. The point I was making was that a policy of free parking is a splendid aspiration and I applaud it. Eection promises are easy to make, but the reality of such a promise i.e. Having to replacing the revenue generated by free parking. Is not always achievable. I think the lesson is don't promise what you have not researched a d cannot deliver.
[quote][p][bold]PEJ[/bold] wrote: With respect some people talk a lot of twaddle. Woodsedge you are wrong. I have recently retired from the bed and breakfast business in Weymouth. I used to ask my customers their thoughts on Weymouth and what changes they would like to see. 75% stated car parking charges are too high. My suggestion to the council instead of free charging overnight charge a minimal fee such as £1.50 from 6pm to 9.30 am the next day. This could then be offset against the daytime charges making it more viable to shop in Weymouth.[/p][/quote]I agree with your comment other than the "twaddle" bit. The point I was making was that a policy of free parking is a splendid aspiration and I applaud it. Eection promises are easy to make, but the reality of such a promise i.e. Having to replacing the revenue generated by free parking. Is not always achievable. I think the lesson is don't promise what you have not researched a d cannot deliver. woodsedge
  • Score: 1

10:37am Tue 27 May 14

arlbergbahn says...

Encouraging more people to drive into town will just lead to more congestion and pollution. Far more sensible to encourage people to park on the periphery and use park & Ride, or perhaps even walk on their own feet. Since, as we know, High Street Shopping is becoming obsolete and town centres are becoming reorientated to dining and entertainment & so on, there's really no need for people to be able to park right in the middle of towns, is there, apart from people not wanting to walk anywhere?
Encouraging more people to drive into town will just lead to more congestion and pollution. Far more sensible to encourage people to park on the periphery and use park & Ride, or perhaps even walk on their own feet. Since, as we know, High Street Shopping is becoming obsolete and town centres are becoming reorientated to dining and entertainment & so on, there's really no need for people to be able to park right in the middle of towns, is there, apart from people not wanting to walk anywhere? arlbergbahn
  • Score: 0

10:39am Tue 27 May 14

arlbergbahn says...

Oh sodding bloody google, the stupid bloody thing has posted it four times. i'm not trying to spam, honest, it's the idiotic bloody browser where you don't know if it's posted or not so you keep hitting 'post comment'/
Oh sodding bloody google, the stupid bloody thing has posted it four times. i'm not trying to spam, honest, it's the idiotic bloody browser where you don't know if it's posted or not so you keep hitting 'post comment'/ arlbergbahn
  • Score: 5

10:41am Tue 27 May 14

weymouthfox says...

Parking charges are still too high in Weymouth, specially outside of the summer months. I parked at Lodmoor yesterday and it was £1.50 for two hours, reduced from £2.10 last year. I stopped in Bournemouth last week and paid £1 for two hours. I say well done Councillor Drake on bringing some new thinking to bear on an old problem that was created by the likes of Councillor Mrs James and her tired colleagues.
Parking charges are still too high in Weymouth, specially outside of the summer months. I parked at Lodmoor yesterday and it was £1.50 for two hours, reduced from £2.10 last year. I stopped in Bournemouth last week and paid £1 for two hours. I say well done Councillor Drake on bringing some new thinking to bear on an old problem that was created by the likes of Councillor Mrs James and her tired colleagues. weymouthfox
  • Score: 6

10:47am Tue 27 May 14

Get a grip says...

Now come on do not bash Cllr Mrs James
Now come on do not bash Cllr Mrs James Get a grip
  • Score: -1

10:59am Tue 27 May 14

MrTomSmith says...

Get a grip wrote:
Now come on do not bash Cllr Mrs James
Yes to be fair she put in a lot of work getting the charges down to this level. To be fair she has put up with hell of a lot stick, and also to be fair she has just won her seat back. I am a UKIP convert but also like to see fair play and the truth. and all sides of the story. I think she deserves a bit of a break now.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Now come on do not bash Cllr Mrs James[/p][/quote]Yes to be fair she put in a lot of work getting the charges down to this level. To be fair she has put up with hell of a lot stick, and also to be fair she has just won her seat back. I am a UKIP convert but also like to see fair play and the truth. and all sides of the story. I think she deserves a bit of a break now. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 13

11:06am Tue 27 May 14

cj07589 says...

woodsedge wrote:
Wow, that has to be the quickest u turn from local policy in election history! Cosmick the Echo voice of UKIP wrote on 11 May: "They will work to get parking sorted out in WEYMOUTH. More free parking to help people who just have to pop into town" And our new UKIP councillor is talking about advertising the current arrangments and "suggesting" free out of season parking. Not exactly in line with their manifesto, wait a minute we didn't have one only cosmick! Another local politician with a business in the town talking about free parking and footfall, same old same old.
Mr angry at it again? Any positive to say or offer......unlikely after all it's Woodsedge.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: Wow, that has to be the quickest u turn from local policy in election history! Cosmick the Echo voice of UKIP wrote on 11 May: "They will work to get parking sorted out in WEYMOUTH. More free parking to help people who just have to pop into town" And our new UKIP councillor is talking about advertising the current arrangments and "suggesting" free out of season parking. Not exactly in line with their manifesto, wait a minute we didn't have one only cosmick! Another local politician with a business in the town talking about free parking and footfall, same old same old.[/p][/quote]Mr angry at it again? Any positive to say or offer......unlikely after all it's Woodsedge. cj07589
  • Score: 9

11:25am Tue 27 May 14

JamesYoung says...

I suppose the problem is that "getting the word out" also costs money.
I suppose the problem is that "getting the word out" also costs money. JamesYoung
  • Score: 4

11:29am Tue 27 May 14

JoeyJo says...

arlbergbahn wrote:
Oh sodding bloody google, the stupid bloody thing has posted it four times. i'm not trying to spam, honest, it's the idiotic bloody browser where you don't know if it's posted or not so you keep hitting 'post comment'/
You are right but I blame the Echo site not Google.
[quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: Oh sodding bloody google, the stupid bloody thing has posted it four times. i'm not trying to spam, honest, it's the idiotic bloody browser where you don't know if it's posted or not so you keep hitting 'post comment'/[/p][/quote]You are right but I blame the Echo site not Google. JoeyJo
  • Score: 9

11:43am Tue 27 May 14

AndyCooke says...

Mr Drake is probably right the new car parking charges are definitely a step in the right direction and should be promoted better. Sadly though this article seems to be more politically motivated than anything else which is a shame as it's a very important issue.

Without wanting to sound too defensive of WPBC I think it should be recognised that they have at the very least responded partially to what the business community has been asking for for many years. For this much credit should go to the new car parks manager, Councillor Christine James and Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce all of whom worked hard to make this happen.

The reduced charges provided the ideal tools for a great publicity campaign to counter past years adverse publicity and encourage more visitors to the town. The logical organisation ideally placed to have been putting this into place would of course have been The Weymouth BID as it has the funds, provided by local business, to do so. This doesn't seem to have happened.

As far as I am aware Mr Drake is a board member and director of The Weymouth BID so maybe it would be a good idea for him to talk with his fellow board members and persuade them that developing a campaign would be money well spent.

Incidentally it should probably also be pointed out that WPBC are very significant contributors to Weymouth BID funds.

Maybe this is happening already and I don't know about it, if so my apologies to Mr Drake and The Weymouth BID … keep up the good work !

Here's some publicity that has been in place since the new charges came into place. Maybe not totally comprehensive but far better than nothing … http://www.love-weym
outh.co.uk/car-parki
ng-weymouth-portland
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Mr Drake is probably right the new car parking charges are definitely a step in the right direction and should be promoted better. Sadly though this article seems to be more politically motivated than anything else which is a shame as it's a very important issue. Without wanting to sound too defensive of WPBC I think it should be recognised that they have at the very least responded partially to what the business community has been asking for for many years. For this much credit should go to the new car parks manager, Councillor Christine James and Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce all of whom worked hard to make this happen. The reduced charges provided the ideal tools for a great publicity campaign to counter past years adverse publicity and encourage more visitors to the town. The logical organisation ideally placed to have been putting this into place would of course have been The Weymouth BID as it has the funds, provided by local business, to do so. This doesn't seem to have happened. As far as I am aware Mr Drake is a board member and director of The Weymouth BID so maybe it would be a good idea for him to talk with his fellow board members and persuade them that developing a campaign would be money well spent. Incidentally it should probably also be pointed out that WPBC are very significant contributors to Weymouth BID funds. Maybe this is happening already and I don't know about it, if so my apologies to Mr Drake and The Weymouth BID … keep up the good work ! Here's some publicity that has been in place since the new charges came into place. Maybe not totally comprehensive but far better than nothing … http://www.love-weym outh.co.uk/car-parki ng-weymouth-portland / AndyCooke
  • Score: 6

11:45am Tue 27 May 14

Panyan says...

As a town centre resident with a parking permit I will, in due course, be contacting Mr Drake regarding the difficulty of finding available day time parking, especially during the peak season.
As a town centre resident with a parking permit I will, in due course, be contacting Mr Drake regarding the difficulty of finding available day time parking, especially during the peak season. Panyan
  • Score: 2

12:40pm Tue 27 May 14

Get a grip says...

MrTomSmith wrote:
Get a grip wrote: Now come on do not bash Cllr Mrs James
Yes to be fair she put in a lot of work getting the charges down to this level. To be fair she has put up with hell of a lot stick, and also to be fair she has just won her seat back. I am a UKIP convert but also like to see fair play and the truth. and all sides of the story. I think she deserves a bit of a break now.
Correct she has given it a go and made a real effort.
[quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Now come on do not bash Cllr Mrs James[/p][/quote]Yes to be fair she put in a lot of work getting the charges down to this level. To be fair she has put up with hell of a lot stick, and also to be fair she has just won her seat back. I am a UKIP convert but also like to see fair play and the truth. and all sides of the story. I think she deserves a bit of a break now.[/p][/quote]Correct she has given it a go and made a real effort. Get a grip
  • Score: 4

2:39pm Tue 27 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

arlbergbahn says...Oh sodding bloody google, the stupid bloody thing has posted it four times.
Nothing at all to do with Google or any other internet search engine - it is due to the digits of the loose nut on the keyboard!
arlbergbahn says...Oh sodding bloody google, the stupid bloody thing has posted it four times. Nothing at all to do with Google or any other internet search engine - it is due to the digits of the loose nut on the keyboard! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 0

2:59pm Tue 27 May 14

portlandboy says...

There must be a massive number of potential shoppers who don't know about this.
We were stuck in traffic queues going towards Weymouth from Wyke and returning to Wyke a few hours later today, yet the number of vacant car parking spots and nearly empty shopping areas suggest most of the vehicles went straight past town and on to somewhere out of the area.
There must be a massive number of potential shoppers who don't know about this. We were stuck in traffic queues going towards Weymouth from Wyke and returning to Wyke a few hours later today, yet the number of vacant car parking spots and nearly empty shopping areas suggest most of the vehicles went straight past town and on to somewhere out of the area. portlandboy
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Tue 27 May 14

elloello1980 says...

cj07589 wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
Wow, that has to be the quickest u turn from local policy in election history! Cosmick the Echo voice of UKIP wrote on 11 May: "They will work to get parking sorted out in WEYMOUTH. More free parking to help people who just have to pop into town" And our new UKIP councillor is talking about advertising the current arrangments and "suggesting" free out of season parking. Not exactly in line with their manifesto, wait a minute we didn't have one only cosmick! Another local politician with a business in the town talking about free parking and footfall, same old same old.
Mr angry at it again? Any positive to say or offer......unlikely after all it's Woodsedge.
pot. kettle. wait for it... BLACK!
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: Wow, that has to be the quickest u turn from local policy in election history! Cosmick the Echo voice of UKIP wrote on 11 May: "They will work to get parking sorted out in WEYMOUTH. More free parking to help people who just have to pop into town" And our new UKIP councillor is talking about advertising the current arrangments and "suggesting" free out of season parking. Not exactly in line with their manifesto, wait a minute we didn't have one only cosmick! Another local politician with a business in the town talking about free parking and footfall, same old same old.[/p][/quote]Mr angry at it again? Any positive to say or offer......unlikely after all it's Woodsedge.[/p][/quote]pot. kettle. wait for it... BLACK! elloello1980
  • Score: 1

8:06pm Tue 27 May 14

portland rebel says...

still wouldnt call the new charges cheap, parking in weymouth is still more expensive than anywhere other than central london.
still wouldnt call the new charges cheap, parking in weymouth is still more expensive than anywhere other than central london. portland rebel
  • Score: 1

8:52pm Tue 27 May 14

ksmain says...

The thing is - if I want to do some shopping (other than food shopping), I would rather spend the money going to Poole, Cardiff or Bristol simply because there is the choice.

No amount of lowering the prices will make any difference. There just are no shops or shopping experience in Weymouth making it worth it. So I would suggest getting the shops in first - otherwise people will be hacked off if they have been enticed into Weymouth with lower parking fees only to find no shops!!!
The thing is - if I want to do some shopping (other than food shopping), I would rather spend the money going to Poole, Cardiff or Bristol simply because there is the choice. No amount of lowering the prices will make any difference. There just are no shops or shopping experience in Weymouth making it worth it. So I would suggest getting the shops in first - otherwise people will be hacked off if they have been enticed into Weymouth with lower parking fees only to find no shops!!! ksmain
  • Score: -1

9:41pm Tue 27 May 14

Laadeeda says...

portlandboy wrote:
There must be a massive number of potential shoppers who don't know about this.
We were stuck in traffic queues going towards Weymouth from Wyke and returning to Wyke a few hours later today, yet the number of vacant car parking spots and nearly empty shopping areas suggest most of the vehicles went straight past town and on to somewhere out of the area.
And I'm one of them!
[quote][p][bold]portlandboy[/bold] wrote: There must be a massive number of potential shoppers who don't know about this. We were stuck in traffic queues going towards Weymouth from Wyke and returning to Wyke a few hours later today, yet the number of vacant car parking spots and nearly empty shopping areas suggest most of the vehicles went straight past town and on to somewhere out of the area.[/p][/quote]And I'm one of them! Laadeeda
  • Score: -3

11:50am Wed 28 May 14

Hunters Moon says...

Under35and out, how utterly ridiculous you are! Obviously a troll and an uneducated one at that. Your racist slurs are completely unfounded, and completely untrue. Whatever has parking got to do with racism, beards, skirts, or any other thing, apart from parking. If, I thought, for one moment, that I was going to be directed by a party that contained the likes of you and your juvenile concept of life and politics, I would eat my own toenails, and that's putting it mildly!! Better you keep your mouth shut and be thought of as a fool, than open it and be known as one. Does under 35 relate to your age? if so, brainwashed springs to mind. I rather think the 35 is your I.Q. and that's an over statement. Oh! by the way, Weymouth - Luton where's the connection? Only sensible and relevant comments are required on this site, please try to comply!
Under35and out, how utterly ridiculous you are! Obviously a troll and an uneducated one at that. Your racist slurs are completely unfounded, and completely untrue. Whatever has parking got to do with racism, beards, skirts, or any other thing, apart from parking. If, I thought, for one moment, that I was going to be directed by a party that contained the likes of you and your juvenile concept of life and politics, I would eat my own toenails, and that's putting it mildly!! Better you keep your mouth shut and be thought of as a fool, than open it and be known as one. Does under 35 relate to your age? if so, brainwashed springs to mind. I rather think the 35 is your I.Q. and that's an over statement. Oh! by the way, Weymouth - Luton where's the connection? Only sensible and relevant comments are required on this site, please try to comply! Hunters Moon
  • Score: 2

12:34pm Wed 28 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

The Echo are very quick to post notices about comments re 'travellers' but are slow to delete comments like that from Under35andout and unfortunate other comments which repeated his/her comment.
The Echo are very quick to post notices about comments re 'travellers' but are slow to delete comments like that from Under35andout and unfortunate other comments which repeated his/her comment. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 1

2:02pm Wed 28 May 14

radiator says...

The problem Weymouth has that it has never got over the Olympics and the road changes fiasco, its all very well trying to attract people into the town but they need somewhere to go once you have attracted them in. Weymouth can boast of having a nice beach and thats fine in sunny weather but where do the visitors go when the weather is inclement?
I have always said that Weymouth missed the boat years ago when instead of having the law courts dole offices etc on Westwey Rd they should have built a multi complex as they have in Jersey for instance,even North Quay site was a missed opportunity to have built some attraction to the town instead of the council offices.
The problem Weymouth has that it has never got over the Olympics and the road changes fiasco, its all very well trying to attract people into the town but they need somewhere to go once you have attracted them in. Weymouth can boast of having a nice beach and thats fine in sunny weather but where do the visitors go when the weather is inclement? I have always said that Weymouth missed the boat years ago when instead of having the law courts dole offices etc on Westwey Rd they should have built a multi complex as they have in Jersey for instance,even North Quay site was a missed opportunity to have built some attraction to the town instead of the council offices. radiator
  • Score: 5

7:43pm Fri 30 May 14

Douglas Mc says...

Unfortunately low car parking charges results in cars parking longer and no spaces available which in turn reduces the footfall past shops. Getting the balance right is the difficulty. Shop owners won't thank us if the car parks are often full encouraging people to Yeovil, Exeter, Bournemouth etc.
Unfortunately low car parking charges results in cars parking longer and no spaces available which in turn reduces the footfall past shops. Getting the balance right is the difficulty. Shop owners won't thank us if the car parks are often full encouraging people to Yeovil, Exeter, Bournemouth etc. Douglas Mc
  • Score: 1

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