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Town councillor slams coach parking decision
11:29am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
Melksham Town Council has been branded “spineless and backward-looking” by one councillor, after it supported the reintroduction of coach parking in the town.
Town councillor Jon Hubbard, who is also Wiltshire Councillor for Melksham South, launched the attack after the council recommended daytime coach parking be allowed in the King Street car park.
Lorries were banned from the site in 2010 after a campaign from neighbouring residents, but the ban also prevented coaches from parking.
The council agreed to write to Wiltshire Council to support the proposal at a full council meeting on Monday, in a bid to boost tourism to the town.
Councillor Hubbard was not present at the meeting, but a submission from his was read out at the meeting opposing the plans.
Speaking after the meeting he criticised the council for not consulting residents first.
He said: “Local residents fought a long and hard campaign to have the blight of coaches and lorries removed from their back gardens, and I am shocked that the Town Council feels it is qualified to overturn this decision without even thinking about asking the residents affected what they think.
“This is sadly typical of Melksham Town Council. The council seems to lack the ability for strategic and forward thinking and instead just makes knee-jerk decisions based on rumour and bias.
"Melksham Town Council has today failed its residents and Councillors should be ashamed".
The decision on coach parking in the car park will now be considered by Wiltshire Council.