Parking anger in Yarm

December 16, 2011 2:46 PM

As we enter the festive season, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has given residents and businesses in Yarm a very unwelcome early Christmas present. This council is another in the long list of councils who think introducing parking charges is a great revenue raising opportunity. They just assume that everyone will cough up and not change their shopping and driving habits. They only have to look at examples we have quoted from around the country to know this is not true. 

"An ignorant and short-sighted decision that seems solely about raising money for the council regardless of the impact on Yarm High Street", is what one resident said on a local newspaper's website. Unsurprisingly the council disagrees, and said pay and display will give more flexibility to motorists! As defences go, that must be the most bizarre one I've heard all year. All pay and display will do is take money out of the local economy to fill the council's coffers, but I guess when you are desperate you will say anything to justify your position.

When I wrote about parking issues last week, I suggested councillors and council officers should try running a small business for a week. They should experience first hand what it's like being a small independent trader. They may then appreciate how difficult it is trading in the current economic climate. It looks like Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is another to add to the list of councils who fail to appreciate just how much parking charges can wreck the local economy.As we enter the festive season, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has given residents and businesses in Yarm a very unwelcome early Christmas present. This council is another in the long list of councils who think introducing parking charges is a great revenue raising opportunity. They just assume that everyone will cough up and not change their shopping and driving habits. They only have to look at examples we have quoted from around the country to know this is not true. 

"An ignorant and short-sighted decision that seems solely about raising money for the council regardless of the impact on Yarm High Street", is what one resident said on a local newspaper's website. Unsurprisingly the council disagrees, and said pay and display will give more flexibility to motorists! As defences go, that must be the most bizarre one I've heard all year. All pay and display will do is take money out of the local economy to fill the council's coffers, but I guess when you are desperate you will say anything to justify your position.

When I wrote about parking issues last week, I suggested councillors and council officers should try running a small business for a week. They should experience first hand what it's like being a small independent trader. They may then appreciate how difficult it is trading in the current economic climate. It looks like Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is another to add to the list of councils who fail to appreciate just how much parking charges can wreck the local economy.

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