Knit-in in city centre

This Is Wiltshire: Knit-in in city centre Knit-in in city centre

PROTESTORS held a knit-in in Salisbury’s Guildhall square at the weekend to draw attention to Wiltshire Council plans to remove parking from the Market Place.

The council is to revamp the area, putting in new surfacing, creating more open space and removing parking.

The protestors are concerned at the removal of disabled parking spaces, which will instead be provided in other town centre locations.

They showed their concern by knitting ‘red tape’ and using it to decorate signs and trees in the square, and plan to repeat their demonstration during this week.

Spokesman Helen Farmer said: “The Market and Guildhall squares in Salisbury are the only car parks within 250 metres of the library, Post Office, banks and pharmacy.

“Finding a Blue Badge space in Salisbury is difficult at the best of times, and on market days when this city centre car park is closed, many blue badge holders avoid the city all together, as they know they won't find a space without driving around the one way system several times.

 

“The council has an obligation to provide parking for disabled people. Not all disabled people are blue badge holders, as these are only given to those with the most severely restricted mobility.

“New rules mean only those unable to walk no further than 80 metres are now allowed a blue badge.”

A spokesman for Wiltshire Council said that no disabled parking spaces will be removed until alternative spaces are in place.

To comment on the proposals go to wiltshire.gov.uk/council/consultations.

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1:01pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Helen Farmer says...

EVERY SINGLE bit of 'red tape' was removed early yhis morning, we're told, by 'street scene' - Salisbury's street cleaners.
Why would the Council not want people to be made aware of their plans for the removal of all 8 Blue Badge bays, and all 60 odd public parking spaces, and their replacement with just 7 on street Blue Badge bays?
EVERY SINGLE bit of 'red tape' was removed early yhis morning, we're told, by 'street scene' - Salisbury's street cleaners. Why would the Council not want people to be made aware of their plans for the removal of all 8 Blue Badge bays, and all 60 odd public parking spaces, and their replacement with just 7 on street Blue Badge bays? Helen Farmer

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