'Parking charges are clogging the streets of Llandovery'
3:46pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
PARKING charges in Llandovery are forcing motorists to clog up the town’s side-streets, a councillor has claimed.
Cllr Gina Jones said Carmarthenshire County Council’s parking policy was self-defeating as parking fees had appeared to trigger an actual loss in revenue.
“I’m seeing side-streets full of cars that have never been full before,” she said. “I know people park as far down as New Road to avoid paying fees in the car park.
"Now we’re left with the ridiculous situation that the car park is half-full while Llandovery’s side-streets which should be available to residents are full – it seems nonsensical to me.”
Cllr Jones suggested that by reducing parking charges the local authority would encourage working people to use the car park resulting in a corresponding rise in revenue.
“I don’t believe the county council’s parking policy does a small town like Llandovery any favours – they need to re alise that a town such as ours is totally different to a town like Carmarthen.”
Cllr Robin Ennion claimed it was obvious that the county council merely viewed parking as a means of generating income.
“Liverpool council, who are suspending their bus lanes as a nine- month experiment, are asking how they can replace the revenue they gained from people being fined for using those bus lanes,” he said. “I think that sort of attitude says it all really.
“I think the county council should do something to cut these fees and get people coming into town.”
Cllr David Long said the fact some drivers were parking on pavements meant safety was an issue.
“It’s a nightmare driving up High Street and it definitely discourages people from doing their shopping here,” he said.
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