Every effort to close town to shoppers

I WISH to refer to your article on June 1, regarding the 'squabble' between traders and police. The issue is much wider than just the parking on the Boulevard. It is also about the council making every effort to close Weston to shoppers. More and more

I WISH to refer to your article on June 1, regarding the 'squabble' between traders and police. The issue is much wider than just the parking on the Boulevard. It is also about the council making every effort to close Weston to shoppers. More and more parking spaces are being taken away, unnecessarily; it seems on a monthly basis, for example, the Boulevard. Yes I agree pedestrian lights were needed at the corner of Victoria Quadrant, but there was already a large pavement. Not only have they reduced spaces but created a traffic jam. If there is a car turning right nothing else can move. Well done, that was inspirational!And what have they done outside Weston Super Sports/Mercury office? Was this really necessary? Cars have been seen parked on this piece of land, but they must have been in the right circle as the traffic warden on at least one occasion did not give them a ticket for parking on the pavement.The reduction of parking spaces is happening throughout Weston town centre. Why should shoppers bother coming to Weston when they can go to Cribbs and park with ease whether disabled or not? Yes, some of the traders are abusing parking restrictions, but they are no more to blame than traffic wardens in their failure to give these cars tickets. Other traders, shoppers and office workers suffer as a result. I am a driver with a disabled badge who would like to park close to my place of work. Parking spaces are needed in this town, not ridiculous junctions. Spaces for badge holders are needed all around the town not just outside the library. Believe it or not, not all disabled people are old, not all disabled people want to spend their life in the library, some of us work.Isn't it about time shoppers, traders, visitors and businesses were encouraged to come to this town instead of the non-contributing element? When is the council going to stop wasting money on things that are completely unnecessary?ALISON PRESS - Copperfield Drive, Worle


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