Yeovil Action Day success

April 16, 2012 9:43 AM

Great success at our Yeovil Action Day. Local TPA supporters gathered in the heart of the South Somerset market town to urge local residents to sign a petition asking the council to stop the rise in council parking charges in Yeovil Town Centre, as it badly effects local shops and the community. South Somerset District Council’s parking charge increases are impacting on market town traders in Yeovil and across the region, including neighbouring Wincanton, Chard and Crewkerne. In the nearby Yeovil shopping centre 20% of shops are vacant. The district council should be helping not hindering shopkeepers by grabbing increased town centre parking fees.

Big thanks to Councillor Nick Colbert for helping organising the event. It was already having some impact on South Somerset District Council’s before it even started. The petition wording had to be slightly amended to keep up with the council’s response as they backed away from their imposition of evening and Sunday charges. ‘SSDC has got wind of it,’ said Nick, ‘and has started the process to remove evening and Sunday charging from the list of increases. I thought they would do this, their usual tactic is to load up new charges then knock a little bit off and say “see we consulted and listened.” I have seen this tactic too many times for it to have any credibility.’

Some 150 signatures were gathered in just one hour in Yeovil’s Middle Street shopping area and supporters could have gone on to gather many more. It is a snapshot of popular discontent with SSDC and its forced rise in parking charges.

Great success at our Yeovil Action Day. Local TPA supporters gathered in the heart of the South Somerset market town to urge local residents to sign a petition asking the council to stop the rise in council parking charges in Yeovil Town Centre, as it badly effects local shops and the community. South Somerset District Council’s parking charge increases are impacting on market town traders in Yeovil and across the region, including neighbouring Wincanton, Chard and Crewkerne. In the nearby Yeovil shopping centre 20% of shops are vacant. The district council should be helping not hindering shopkeepers by grabbing increased town centre parking fees.

Big thanks to Councillor Nick Colbert for helping organising the event. It was already having some impact on South Somerset District Council’s before it even started. The petition wording had to be slightly amended to keep up with the council’s response as they backed away from their imposition of evening and Sunday charges. ‘SSDC has got wind of it,’ said Nick, ‘and has started the process to remove evening and Sunday charging from the list of increases. I thought they would do this, their usual tactic is to load up new charges then knock a little bit off and say “see we consulted and listened.” I have seen this tactic too many times for it to have any credibility.’

Some 150 signatures were gathered in just one hour in Yeovil’s Middle Street shopping area and supporters could have gone on to gather many more. It is a snapshot of popular discontent with SSDC and its forced rise in parking charges.

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