Parking notices in Cirencester's Market Place to be reviewed after bewildered motorist is towed

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Parking notices in Cirencester's Market Place to be reviewed after bewildered motorist is towed Parking notices in Cirencester's Market Place to be reviewed after bewildered motorist is towed

IMPROVEMENTS could be made to notices in Cirencester’s Market Place warning people not to park overnight the day before a market is held, according to the head of the town council.

Andrew Tubb, chief executive of Cirencester Town Council, said that it will “review how local information about the parking arrangements can be improved”.

Mr Tubb made the announcement after a disgruntled motorist complained that a lack of signage in the Market Place lead to his partner’s car being towed 15miles away to Swindon.

Duncan Michael-MacGregor, of West Market Place, claims the car was towed after being parked in the market in the early evening of Thursday, February 20.

“I was aware that markets take place in the Market Square on some days so we checked for signs to make sure it would be OK to leave the car there overnight,” he said.

“Seeing no signs displayed, warning of a market the next day, we proceeded to park.”

The next morning the couple realised that the Friday market had been set up and that the car was nowhere to be seen.

Mr Michael-MacGregor, who has been living in Cirencester for over a year, said he had never received any information about the town’s market days.

“I pay my council tax like everyone else. I have even paid for a car parking permit. If there had been a visible sign, I would, of course, not have parked in the Market Place,” he said.

There is currently a notice on the two parking meters in the Market Place warning motorists not to park overnight on market days.

Mr Tubb said: “The sign on the parking meters clearly states that there is no overnight parking on Thursdays and Sundays and that all vehicles parked after 5am on a Monday and Friday will be removed at the owner’s expense.

“Before any vehicle is towed, we contact Gloucestershire Police which in turn seeks to make contact with the owner to ask for the vehicle to be moved before the need to tow.”

He also said that the Monday and Friday market is a regular feature in Cirencester dating back to 1086.

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1:12pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Geoff66 says...

Let's be realistic....with the current quality of the Cirencester Markets, is it really worthwhile closing off the Market Place and losing the parking revenue?

The Markets are an utter disgrace and shambles, and Cirencester is no longer a place for shoppers and visitors to come to experience our once proud and historic past as a Charter Market Cotswold Town.

It is amazing to think that we are planning to invest £1.2 million to improve the Market Place,and principally to improve the "Market experience". Until Cirencester Town Council and its Market Manager (the mind boggles) decides to do something about significantly improving our market, and the quality, diversity and scope of its stalls and traders, then the Cirencester Market will continue to be a laughing stock in the Cotswolds, and unfortunately a complete an utter let down for Cirencester, and thus attracting more visitors to the town.

Perhaps the challenge now is, how does Cirencester Town Council aim to bring about improvements before the Market Place regeneration work starts, so that we have a worthwhile market ready for a new future?

Before worrying about what signage is needed....lets concentrate on getting the fundamentals right....and invest in a market and stalls which really represent the whole of the Cotswolds, its wonderful local produce, its specialities, and local skills and craftmanship, and make Cirencester a Market which we can all be proud of, and which importantly once more becomes a major draw for Cirencester, and the Cotswold's as a whole, and which enables us to once more deserve our title of being an Historic Charter Market
Let's be realistic....with the current quality of the Cirencester Markets, is it really worthwhile closing off the Market Place and losing the parking revenue? The Markets are an utter disgrace and shambles, and Cirencester is no longer a place for shoppers and visitors to come to experience our once proud and historic past as a Charter Market Cotswold Town. It is amazing to think that we are planning to invest £1.2 million to improve the Market Place,and principally to improve the "Market experience". Until Cirencester Town Council and its Market Manager (the mind boggles) decides to do something about significantly improving our market, and the quality, diversity and scope of its stalls and traders, then the Cirencester Market will continue to be a laughing stock in the Cotswolds, and unfortunately a complete an utter let down for Cirencester, and thus attracting more visitors to the town. Perhaps the challenge now is, how does Cirencester Town Council aim to bring about improvements before the Market Place regeneration work starts, so that we have a worthwhile market ready for a new future? Before worrying about what signage is needed....lets concentrate on getting the fundamentals right....and invest in a market and stalls which really represent the whole of the Cotswolds, its wonderful local produce, its specialities, and local skills and craftmanship, and make Cirencester a Market which we can all be proud of, and which importantly once more becomes a major draw for Cirencester, and the Cotswold's as a whole, and which enables us to once more deserve our title of being an Historic Charter Market Geoff66
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3:13pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Cotswold Lad says...

You'd have to be pretty dim not to see any of the signs warning you not to park in the Market Place on a Sunday or Thursday night so the 'confusion' may be a tad understated.
Usually, the traders 'work around' a car - depending on where it was left - often with entertaining outcomes when the hapless driver returns to their vehicle.
You'd have to be pretty dim not to see any of the signs warning you not to park in the Market Place on a Sunday or Thursday night so the 'confusion' may be a tad understated. Usually, the traders 'work around' a car - depending on where it was left - often with entertaining outcomes when the hapless driver returns to their vehicle. Cotswold Lad
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