Sunday parking charge to drive shoppers out

PAYING THE PRICE: An Ammanford councillors has claimed the introduction of parking charges on a Sunday will see town businesses suffer.

PAYING THE PRICE: An Ammanford councillors has claimed the introduction of parking charges on a Sunday will see town businesses suffer.

First published in Ammanford news

Sunday parking charges in Ammanford is “yet another barrier for the town’s shoppers” – according to a County Councillor.

Carregamman car park has been hit with the new Sunday charges that will apply from noon to 6pm.

However County Councillor Deian Harries fears it will drive shoppers out of the town centre.

“As a county councillor the majority of the complaints I receive are to do with parking charges,” said Cllr Harries.

“People can’t afford to pay £1.50 for a full day parking, it’s way too much for such a small town.

“Shoppers will continue to use the out of town stores and Ammanford will suffer.

“We have a fantastic town, but if you combine the parking charges with the recent recession, the shops are going to go out of business.”

Cllr Harries said he has been receiving more and more complaints from town residents who are suffering from shoppers parking outside their properties, trying to dodge the parking charges.

“Residents who live on the side streets are getting blocked in and can’t get out of their own drives,” he said.

“I urge the county council to look at better ways of getting people back into the town, not drive them away – this has just become yet another barrier for shoppers to overcome.”

A Carmarthenshire County Council spokesman said the Sunday charges are a new addition to the parking charging regime.

“The decision to proceed with the planned introduction of Sunday charging was made by the Executive Board,” he said.

“Car park charging serves a number of functions including the regulation of parking demand and to keep the supporting infrastructure in a serviceable condition.

“Any surplus from car parking is not profit as it is invested in a wide range of transport and highways related services.”

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5:42pm Wed 4 Jun 14

thevillageidiot says...

Unnamed spokesperson again, I thought from the last Council meeting this was going to stop. If possible no more unattributable statements please.
Unnamed spokesperson again, I thought from the last Council meeting this was going to stop. If possible no more unattributable statements please. thevillageidiot
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8:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Huw Thomas says...

The previous poster seems to think it wrong for an unnamed spokesperson to make a statement, but it's OK for him to post with an anonymous tag? Change villadeidiot to villagehypocrite.
The previous poster seems to think it wrong for an unnamed spokesperson to make a statement, but it's OK for him to post with an anonymous tag? Change villadeidiot to villagehypocrite. Huw Thomas
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9:24am Fri 6 Jun 14

Meirion says...

With such a number of Ammanford area well paid Councillors sitting pretty on the Executive Board, was this a decision to act in the best interest of those that they have a duty to represent?
With such a number of Ammanford area well paid Councillors sitting pretty on the Executive Board, was this a decision to act in the best interest of those that they have a duty to represent? Meirion
  • Score: 1

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