Fears of parking space losses leads to Devizes Town Council setting up working group

This Is Wiltshire: Coun Nigel Carter Coun Nigel Carter

Fear over a review of parking in Wiltshire has led to Devizes Town Council setting up a working party to express its concerns.

Town councillors were concerned that, as a result of the Wiltshire Council review, Devizes would lose more parking spaces.

The consultation document states its intention to “use parking controls as a means of managing traffic, improving environmental quality or encouraging the use of sustainable transport modes”.

Coun Jeff Ody said: “Parking is parking and not a tool to manage traffic and improve environmental quality. Parking in Devizes taken as a whole works rather well and I strongly object to it being used as a way to achieve environmental objectives.”

But Coun Nigel Carter said a change of policy could benefit the town.

He said: “I feel very strongly that a change of policy to encourage more parking in Station Road by giving motorists a preferential rate would help. The cost of parking down there exceeds the income of people on the minimum wage.”

Councillors set up a working party of councillors Andy Geddes and Ted East to come up with a response on behalf of the town council to the consultation.

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10:38am Thu 15 May 14

MDP says...

“use parking controls as a means of managing traffic, improving environmental quality or encouraging the use of sustainable transport modes”.

Where do these people dredge up their ghastly management-speak? Do they think anyone is fooled/impressed by it?

The implication of 'managing traffic' is that parking should be so expensive as to deter people from coming in to the town centre. I wonder what Devizes shop-keepers think about that. Research has repeatedly confirmed that problems of jams, air pollution etc are caused by through traffic, Wiltshire Council would do well to try to stop the process of over-development in the county which has so blighted our lives in recent years.

Parking in Devizes works well, don't mess around with it.
“use parking controls as a means of managing traffic, improving environmental quality or encouraging the use of sustainable transport modes”. Where do these people dredge up their ghastly management-speak? Do they think anyone is fooled/impressed by it? The implication of 'managing traffic' is that parking should be so expensive as to deter people from coming in to the town centre. I wonder what Devizes shop-keepers think about that. Research has repeatedly confirmed that problems of jams, air pollution etc are caused by through traffic, Wiltshire Council would do well to try to stop the process of over-development in the county which has so blighted our lives in recent years. Parking in Devizes works well, don't mess around with it. MDP
  • Score: 5

11:59am Thu 15 May 14

Redevo says...

The only way that Station Road car park will EVER work, is if they turn it into a park and ride.It's JUST that too far to walk up the hill, especially if you are elderly or disabled.
Turning the spaces outside Chan Cottage and The Taste of Bengal into bus/coach stops was a complete waste of time. I've seen one coach there since it was changed.
The ideal place for coaches IS Station Road, someone should build a cafe down there, sort out a park and ride, problems solved,
The only way that Station Road car park will EVER work, is if they turn it into a park and ride.It's JUST that too far to walk up the hill, especially if you are elderly or disabled. Turning the spaces outside Chan Cottage and The Taste of Bengal into bus/coach stops was a complete waste of time. I've seen one coach there since it was changed. The ideal place for coaches IS Station Road, someone should build a cafe down there, sort out a park and ride, problems solved, Redevo
  • Score: 3

8:16pm Thu 15 May 14

moonraker77 says...

It's highly probable that WCC have plans to use the existing car parks for residential or commercial development. Public open spaces will be next to go.

The references to environmental benefits is a subterfuge.
It's highly probable that WCC have plans to use the existing car parks for residential or commercial development. Public open spaces will be next to go. The references to environmental benefits is a subterfuge. moonraker77
  • Score: 4

8:50am Fri 16 May 14

commonasmuck says...

Redevo wrote:
The only way that Station Road car park will EVER work, is if they turn it into a park and ride.It's JUST that too far to walk up the hill, especially if you are elderly or disabled.
Turning the spaces outside Chan Cottage and The Taste of Bengal into bus/coach stops was a complete waste of time. I've seen one coach there since it was changed.
The ideal place for coaches IS Station Road, someone should build a cafe down there, sort out a park and ride, problems solved,
Station road " to far to walk", that's the problem these days, no one wants to walk any where
[quote][p][bold]Redevo[/bold] wrote: The only way that Station Road car park will EVER work, is if they turn it into a park and ride.It's JUST that too far to walk up the hill, especially if you are elderly or disabled. Turning the spaces outside Chan Cottage and The Taste of Bengal into bus/coach stops was a complete waste of time. I've seen one coach there since it was changed. The ideal place for coaches IS Station Road, someone should build a cafe down there, sort out a park and ride, problems solved,[/p][/quote]Station road " to far to walk", that's the problem these days, no one wants to walk any where commonasmuck
  • Score: 3

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