Grantham Journal letter: Parking restrictions are killing town

Parking restrictions  in Westgate have attracted much criticism
Parking restrictions in Westgate have attracted much criticism
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The Grantham Journal has, over many years, highlighted through its pages the endeavour made by South Kesteven officials and others to bring inward investment to the town. I appluad their efforts.

However, it is my belief and the belief of others that their efforts are being severely hampered by over-restrictive parking laws as enforced by Lincolnshire County Council traffic wardens.

The biggest investors in Grantham’s economy are the people of the town themselves, along with those of the surrounding countryside, followed by visitors to the town.

For without our custom into the High Street and to local trades, the town would die. Past employment in sales taught me that is you can’t consolidate your customer base you will be endlessly chasing new customers. Grantham people are this town’s customer base.

Over-restrictive parking laws is the ‘Trojan Horse’ working against South Kesteven’s best efforts for Grantham.

Anyone who owns a car today understands the need to manage traffic and impose fair parking rules in order that town centres can function. However, that’s not the case in Grantham where poorly sighted signs, incomplete information and over-zealous traffic wardens around. A friend recently told me, when we were discussing the matter, that the laws apply seven days a week and also on Bank Holidays.

Having recently been ticketed last Sunday, in Narrow Westgate, shortly after noon, my views on the issue were confirmed.

Poorly sighted sign, lack of information and a 13-hour parking restriction (6am-7pm). I will, of course, be appealing on the grounds that from where my car was parked the sign was impossible to see and read.

The town gymnasium that I frequent has just lost a customer. I’ve also been forced to rethink my customer loyalty to the town.

If Grantham can’t provide for my requirements, due to its restrictive parking, then my needs will be met elsewhere. As a customer and resident I will do less shopping in a town that bites the hand that feeds it.

On the outskirts of Grantham there are road signs proclaiming ‘Welcome to Grantham’. I think not.

Mike Duffy, Grantham