Government has put pressure on councils

Sedgemoor District Council's legal requirement to look at its assets that are under performing resulted in the Asset Management Plan 2008/9 (AMP) which included Meadow

Sedgemoor District Council's legal requirement to look at its assets that are under performing resulted in the Asset Management Plan 2008/9 (AMP) which included Meadow Street Car Park. Central Government has put pressure on all councils to have an AMP in place to provide 'best value' on assets held. However there has been no decision to sell the car park.The mention of the AMP gave rise to a lively debate with myself, the Town Council, other interested parties and members of the public taking part. There can be no doubt that the car park has more of a social function than an economic one. One also has to take into account the unique medieval street pattern of Axbridge Town. The debate on the future of the car park has not been concluded yet but I am confident that a favourable decision for the town will be made in due course. However perhaps the district council would not be in this position if the Town Square's parking (short stay visitors for one hour only) was properly enforced. Longer stay visitors would then park in the Meadow Street car park thereby using the car park and generating more income. The saying 'use it or lose it' may have been tested to its limit in this case, but in reality only responsible car parkers in Axbridge may hold the future of the car park in their hands.CLLR LIZ SCOT - Via email


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