1,000 sign petition to restore hour’s free parking in Wiltshire Council car parks

Chippenham MP Duncan Hames

Chippenham MP Duncan Hames

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A petition to restore an hour’s free parking in Wiltshire Council car parks has exceeded 1,000 signatures.

The council removed an hour’s free parking from county car parks in April 2011, leaving traders complaining about a downturn in footfall.

The move made the council £4.9m profit in the following year.

Chippenham’s MP Duncan Hames wants to see a free hour restored, a key policy in the Liberal Democrat manifesto for the Wiltshire Council elections last year.

He started a petition six weeks ago in support of town centre businesses, which say they struggle to compete with out-of-town shopping destinations with free parking.

Mr Hames said: “We need to ensure that our high streets thrive and that people using local shops are not penalised with hefty parking charges.

"I want to gather as many signatures as possible to the petition to demonstrate to the Conservative administration that people feel the current parking charge regime to be unfair.”

The petition can be signed online at www.WiltshireFreeParking.org

The Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Chippenham also launched a campaign for changes to town centre parking, in January this year.

Michelle Donelan, who will stand against Mr Hames and Labour’s Andy Newman in next year’s general election, pledged her support for a reduction in charges.

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11:18am Fri 29 Aug 14

kimcrawley says...

Good idea, but our cabinet of clowns will justify a reduction in another service as result of lost revenue from parking. Just watch them cook the books for next years elections, all of those council owned properties and land currently for sale will be sold at a knock down price to tory party donors. So they can say they have saved money.
Good idea, but our cabinet of clowns will justify a reduction in another service as result of lost revenue from parking. Just watch them cook the books for next years elections, all of those council owned properties and land currently for sale will be sold at a knock down price to tory party donors. So they can say they have saved money. kimcrawley
  • Score: 18

5:51pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Room101 says...

kimcrawley wrote:
Good idea, but our cabinet of clowns will justify a reduction in another service as result of lost revenue from parking. Just watch them cook the books for next years elections, all of those council owned properties and land currently for sale will be sold at a knock down price to tory party donors. So they can say they have saved money.
Just remember who these people are when it comes elections next year. I know i will, the taste of those wage rises will not go away.
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: Good idea, but our cabinet of clowns will justify a reduction in another service as result of lost revenue from parking. Just watch them cook the books for next years elections, all of those council owned properties and land currently for sale will be sold at a knock down price to tory party donors. So they can say they have saved money.[/p][/quote]Just remember who these people are when it comes elections next year. I know i will, the taste of those wage rises will not go away. Room101
  • Score: 7

9:19pm Sat 30 Aug 14

kimcrawley says...

It's not just the wage rises. The moral corruption of paying yourself more money for the added 'responsibility' then refusing to be accountable for the failures of outsourced services is repugnant. If this had happened under a Labour council Pickles and oily Cameron would be talking about legal action. Watch out for more sleaze Scott is embroiled in it, look at what the Sangsters are proposing- to grab land worth £20 million in exchange for a bog. Remember Dyson's fatuous claims to employ more engineers and scientists than British Aerospace. The stench of corruption hangs around County Hall. Remember that when they brag about the level of Council Tax.
It's not just the wage rises. The moral corruption of paying yourself more money for the added 'responsibility' then refusing to be accountable for the failures of outsourced services is repugnant. If this had happened under a Labour council Pickles and oily Cameron would be talking about legal action. Watch out for more sleaze Scott is embroiled in it, look at what the Sangsters are proposing- to grab land worth £20 million in exchange for a bog. Remember Dyson's fatuous claims to employ more engineers and scientists than British Aerospace. The stench of corruption hangs around County Hall. Remember that when they brag about the level of Council Tax. kimcrawley
  • Score: 4

12:10am Sun 31 Aug 14

cmness says...

It won't matter who you vote for.

It's too late for this country I'm afraid.
It won't matter who you vote for. It's too late for this country I'm afraid. cmness
  • Score: 1

12:14am Sun 31 Aug 14

cmness says...

And you can't beat a picture of an mp sat at a desk in front of a blank book
And you can't beat a picture of an mp sat at a desk in front of a blank book cmness
  • Score: 2

7:48am Sun 31 Aug 14

kimcrawley says...

Unfortunately cmness is correct, our feeble parliamentary labour party are just tories with different suits. We need to move away from careerist politicians with a Public school/PPE/Oxbriddge background. These people do not live in the real world-they can spend more on a bottle of wine with their fully expensed meal than I am expected to live on for a week. Lsten to Duncan Smith the man whose family receive in excess of £2000 per week Income Support from the EEC, for doing nothing. In a similar vein I am not persuaded to vote for the labour PPC in our constituency, this is yet another careerist union official prepared to cosy up with anybody for votes. It really is time for a change, the zero hours 'car wash' economy is going down the drain despite the constant drivel from the government telling us the economy is recovering.
Unfortunately cmness is correct, our feeble parliamentary labour party are just tories with different suits. We need to move away from careerist politicians with a Public school/PPE/Oxbriddge background. These people do not live in the real world-they can spend more on a bottle of wine with their fully expensed meal than I am expected to live on for a week. Lsten to Duncan Smith the man whose family receive in excess of £2000 per week Income Support from the EEC, for doing nothing. In a similar vein I am not persuaded to vote for the labour PPC in our constituency, this is yet another careerist union official prepared to cosy up with anybody for votes. It really is time for a change, the zero hours 'car wash' economy is going down the drain despite the constant drivel from the government telling us the economy is recovering. kimcrawley
  • Score: 7

1:44pm Mon 1 Sep 14

allthedecentnameshavegone says...

To talk about parking charges for a moment, rather than just bashing politics as a whole, the retailers of Chippenham need to take some responsibility for the drop in footfall since the one hour free parking was removed, as do the town planners. People will pay for parking if they feel that the quality and range of shops in the town is sufficient to warrant the parking fee and the hassle of negotiating the poorly designed car parks. As someone who tends to want more from a shopping area than just coffee shops, charity shops and mobile phone shops, I tend to travel further afield when shopping - often to Swindon or Bristol. The expense of this is significantly greater than the small cost of parking in Chippenham, but the reward is that I can usually buy what I'm looking for. Give people a reason to visit the town and they will pay the parking charge.
To talk about parking charges for a moment, rather than just bashing politics as a whole, the retailers of Chippenham need to take some responsibility for the drop in footfall since the one hour free parking was removed, as do the town planners. People will pay for parking if they feel that the quality and range of shops in the town is sufficient to warrant the parking fee and the hassle of negotiating the poorly designed car parks. As someone who tends to want more from a shopping area than just coffee shops, charity shops and mobile phone shops, I tend to travel further afield when shopping - often to Swindon or Bristol. The expense of this is significantly greater than the small cost of parking in Chippenham, but the reward is that I can usually buy what I'm looking for. Give people a reason to visit the town and they will pay the parking charge. allthedecentnameshavegone
  • Score: 6

10:09pm Mon 1 Sep 14

kimcrawley says...

It was the petty self interest of some of our former councillors that prevented the major retailers coming to Chippenham, for years they exercised undue influence over the planning process. They did not want the competition you reap what you sow.
It was the petty self interest of some of our former councillors that prevented the major retailers coming to Chippenham, for years they exercised undue influence over the planning process. They did not want the competition you reap what you sow. kimcrawley
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Sat 20 Sep 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

Years too late - greedy grasping officialdom (OK public "servants") tried to *ransom* Wiltshire's *public* parking whilst being too stupid to spot the "high street" is dying across the country.

http://www.adamsmith
.org/blog/planning-t
ransport/why-does-ev
eryone-want-to-subsi
dise-the-stuff-that-
no-one-wants-any-mor
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They also want to "tax" supermarket parking eh? and what pray - are they providing in return?
Years too late - greedy grasping officialdom (OK public "servants") tried to *ransom* Wiltshire's *public* parking whilst being too stupid to spot the "high street" is dying across the country. http://www.adamsmith .org/blog/planning-t ransport/why-does-ev eryone-want-to-subsi dise-the-stuff-that- no-one-wants-any-mor e/ They also want to "tax" supermarket parking eh? and what pray - are they providing in return? moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 0
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