Half-hour parking limit killing Cumbrian town centre - claim
Last updated at 08:34, Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Parking bosses could be forced into a U-turn amid claims that “insane” restrictions are killing town centre trade in Workington.
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Very true! Had not been to Workington for some time and didn't check time limit so assumed it was an hour, wrong! Got back to a parking ticket, haven't been since and won't be going back! Now do all my shopping in Cockermouth, plenty of places to park and great shops too!
It's ridiculous really - you go into town, your intention being to "get a few bargains". Surely that's what the whole high street is about - Iceland, Peacocks, Savers, Bon-Marche, Poundland, Home Bargains, the market stalls (and many more), these shops are all geared towards providing you with what you want (or need) to buy at the best possible price. You scrimp and save, you visit the shops and compare prices, you buy and save a quid or two here and there, and whatever you save is immediately nullified because you had to pay to park to shop in the town centre.
Or look at it the other way - you'll save a few quid shopping around which will subsidise your parking charges. Psshhhttt.
To me its this simple either you want people to shop in the town centre or you dont, the people who built the multi storey provided the majority of the cash for the new town centre so it is reasonable for them to want people to park in the multi storey the problem is the cost of parking increased dramatically and the shopping experience hasnt barring one or two shops.