Cirencester parking consultation is being used as "political football" according to Gloucestershire county councillor Vernon Smith

Cirencester parking consultation is being used as

Cirencester parking consultation is being used as "political football" according to Gloucestershire county councillor Vernon Smith

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THE ongoing consultation for on-street parking charges in Cirencester has been hijacked by “people desperate to score party political points”, according to a Gloucestershire county councillor.

A consultation is currently underway for people in Cirencester to give their views on whether on-street parking charges should be introduced in select areas of the town centre including Castle Street.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “GCC kicked off this review at the request of Cirencester Town Council and Cotswold District Council, which were both keen to help businesses in the town.

“It’s not something we have pushed and, if people in Cirencester do not support it, we will walk away from the project.

“What started as a genuine attempt by the county council to help Cirencester is being increasingly turned into a political football by people desperate to score party political points.”

The remarks were made after the proposals were attacked by the chairman of the Cotswold branch of the UK Independence Party, Chris Harlow.

Under the proposals, pay and display machines would also be placed in residential streets to encourage motorists to make the most of the town’s car parks.

Mr Harlow told the Standard that it was unfair to make drivers pay to park on the roads when they have already paid their road tax contribution.

Members of the Cotswold Ukip party have since left leaflets on the windscreens of vehicles in the affected areas encouraging motorists to object to the plans.

The proposals have already received heavy criticism from members of the Cotswold Liberal Democrats, most notably by the town’s mayor Cllr Joe Harris.

Cllr Smith continued: “I think it’s a real shame and it’s certainly not in the long-term interest of Cirencester or the people who live and work there.

“There’s a consultation ongoing, which ends this week, and anyone interested should take part and have their say.”

The consultation process is due to end on Friday, March 28. To take part, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/parking and click on parking consultations.

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4:06pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Just walked along Castle Street and Dyer Street, and both of these streets look at utter mess with all of the parked cars and vans who use these streets as free parking.

If you are going to look at parking meters, which personally i think is totally wrong for Cirencester, then please also look at installing dedicated parking bays along these streets where parking is permitted, which will enable stretches to provide much improved access for pedestrians, yet alone disabled people and buggy and pram users.

Unfortunately these streets have become traffic eyesores, and this does not present the right sort of image for our once beautiful Market Town.

In addition, if we are looking at street parking, can we also look at Cricklade Street. If we are going to permit parking along this street, then once again lets install dedicated parking bays. However to be truthful i would like to see this street turned in to a purely pedestrianised street, which i believe would much improve the shopping experience for shoppers and tourists alike in Cirencester. Is there really any need for people to access this street other than to make deliveries??

Cirencester's parking policies and charges MUST however now be totally reviewed, as clearly they are beginning to have a significant negative impact upon Cirencester, both as a shopping and tourist venue. If we don't take urgent action, then i fear Cirencester's image and future, will be severely hit and unfortunately it may never recover.
Just walked along Castle Street and Dyer Street, and both of these streets look at utter mess with all of the parked cars and vans who use these streets as free parking. If you are going to look at parking meters, which personally i think is totally wrong for Cirencester, then please also look at installing dedicated parking bays along these streets where parking is permitted, which will enable stretches to provide much improved access for pedestrians, yet alone disabled people and buggy and pram users. Unfortunately these streets have become traffic eyesores, and this does not present the right sort of image for our once beautiful Market Town. In addition, if we are looking at street parking, can we also look at Cricklade Street. If we are going to permit parking along this street, then once again lets install dedicated parking bays. However to be truthful i would like to see this street turned in to a purely pedestrianised street, which i believe would much improve the shopping experience for shoppers and tourists alike in Cirencester. Is there really any need for people to access this street other than to make deliveries?? Cirencester's parking policies and charges MUST however now be totally reviewed, as clearly they are beginning to have a significant negative impact upon Cirencester, both as a shopping and tourist venue. If we don't take urgent action, then i fear Cirencester's image and future, will be severely hit and unfortunately it may never recover. Geoff66
  • Score: 8

7:27pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Olly Cromwell says...

If the Tory Glos County Council Cabinet Member from Tewkesbury doesn't like "political football" he should stop running onto the pitch (Cirencester) in his full kit expecting the home team to roll over when all he wants to do is collect more money from residents.
If the Tory Glos County Council Cabinet Member from Tewkesbury doesn't like "political football" he should stop running onto the pitch (Cirencester) in his full kit expecting the home team to roll over when all he wants to do is collect more money from residents. Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 7

8:49pm Sun 30 Mar 14

esse quam viderie says...

I am not a party politician and certainly not UKIP but I did attend the public meeting and I can tell you Cllr Smith that Joe Harris and the current town councillors, whatever their party, are only vocalising the feelings of the rest of the people of Cirencester. if charges in the town's car parks were reduced to a reasonable amount more people would use them and there would be less pressure for on street parking.
I am not a party politician and certainly not UKIP but I did attend the public meeting and I can tell you Cllr Smith that Joe Harris and the current town councillors, whatever their party, are only vocalising the feelings of the rest of the people of Cirencester. if charges in the town's car parks were reduced to a reasonable amount more people would use them and there would be less pressure for on street parking. esse quam viderie
  • Score: 3

9:51am Mon 31 Mar 14

Iansky says...

A true reflection of the idiocy of those in power who are more concerned with their own political standing than doing the job they are there to do and looking after the interests of the town.

Stop faffing about, talk to the people who live and work in the town, understand the real problems and work together to resolve them.

All this polotical wrangling and attempts at point scoring are the reasons so few people trust, like politicians and vote in elections!
A true reflection of the idiocy of those in power who are more concerned with their own political standing than doing the job they are there to do and looking after the interests of the town. Stop faffing about, talk to the people who live and work in the town, understand the real problems and work together to resolve them. All this polotical wrangling and attempts at point scoring are the reasons so few people trust, like politicians and vote in elections! Iansky
  • Score: 0

12:39pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

A question for the powers that be, and the Car Parking Partnership - What is the real reason behind the current plans to install parking meters around the town?

Is it really down to you wanting to provide more flexible opportunities for shoppers and visitors? OR are you just getting ready for the potential of losing existing parking provision such as in the Brewery, when the new cinema complex starts, or is it possibly about what happens to your parking revenue, if you are to lose the Old Memorial Hospital site and the Old Bus Station to yet more housing provisions??

Lets be truthful now...this is simply about parking revenue, and your concerns over the potential of losing your current cash-cow provision.

Why is it that YOUR need for parking revenue is now having a significant and negative impact upon the town as a shopping and tourist venue? and why is that you are also looking to sting yet more local residents further with local parking schemes and resident parking provisions?, which are clearly going to create yet more revenue sources for YOURSELVES.

CDC and the Parking Partnership - who are YOU trying to kid???
A question for the powers that be, and the Car Parking Partnership - What is the real reason behind the current plans to install parking meters around the town? Is it really down to you wanting to provide more flexible opportunities for shoppers and visitors? OR are you just getting ready for the potential of losing existing parking provision such as in the Brewery, when the new cinema complex starts, or is it possibly about what happens to your parking revenue, if you are to lose the Old Memorial Hospital site and the Old Bus Station to yet more housing provisions?? Lets be truthful now...this is simply about parking revenue, and your concerns over the potential of losing your current cash-cow provision. Why is it that YOUR need for parking revenue is now having a significant and negative impact upon the town as a shopping and tourist venue? and why is that you are also looking to sting yet more local residents further with local parking schemes and resident parking provisions?, which are clearly going to create yet more revenue sources for YOURSELVES. CDC and the Parking Partnership - who are YOU trying to kid??? Geoff66
  • Score: 3

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