Fears that parking fees deter Ammanford shoppers

Are parking charges responsible for the drop in footfall in towns?

Are parking charges responsible for the drop in footfall in towns?

First published in Ammanford news

AN AMMANFORD shopkeeper has blamed the rise in car parking charges for the fall in his takings for the first quarter of 2014.

Town and county councillor Deian Harries, who owns a shoe shop on College Street, also blames the hike for the lack of footfall in the town.

The cost for parking in Ammanford for up to one hour is 70p, four hours costs £1, and all day is £1.50.

“The public don’t want to pay that amount for popping to the shop or post office,” said Cllr Harries.

“Takings in my shop have dropped by 30 percent, and I believe the cost of parking is somewhat responsible.”

The shoe shop owner also believes the parking charges are having an effect on illegal parking in the town.

“Drivers have resorted to parking on the side roads, angering the residents who live there,” he said. “Surely this means the revenue from the official car parks is going down?”

Although the parking in Ammanford is cheaper compared to other towns in Carmarthenshire, Cllr Harries said he believed the price was still too high for such a small town.

“I don’t think parking should be free, but the price is only going to get higher over the years,” he added.

Chamber of Trade secretary Angela Phillips added that although she agreed with Cllr Harries that footfall in the town was down, she didn’t believe it was solely down to the car parking charges.

“Footfall is down everywhere, not just in Ammanford,” she said.

“But I will agree that members of the public will try and avoid paying for parking.”

Ms Phillips said she would bring up Cllr Harries’ concerns at the next Chamber of Trade meeting.

 

What do you think of the parking charges in Ammanford?

Are they too much?

Do you try and avoid paying them?

Or, do you think they are reasonably priced?

Let us know by commenting below.

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3:58am Thu 8 May 14

X Resident X says...

Could shopkeepers introduce a repayment of parking charges. Could it work by each shop refund part of the charges. Not all refunded by just one shop. Maybe by a % of the sale. But it's still to high. Shopping for a single loaf of bread of £1.50 will cost £2.20. This is very unfair. Why not a free first half hour ? We did have a free hour on Wind street until it was taken away for a loading bay. Which is very little used for that purposes all of the buisness on this street have back entrances with ample space to deliver.
Could shopkeepers introduce a repayment of parking charges. Could it work by each shop refund part of the charges. Not all refunded by just one shop. Maybe by a % of the sale. But it's still to high. Shopping for a single loaf of bread of £1.50 will cost £2.20. This is very unfair. Why not a free first half hour ? We did have a free hour on Wind street until it was taken away for a loading bay. Which is very little used for that purposes all of the buisness on this street have back entrances with ample space to deliver. X Resident X
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