“Name address supplied” (Journal Letters, 20 November 2016) is right to draw attention to the ridiculous proposals from Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) to put yellow lines on Dudley Road. I am writing in to object, as well.
However, this is a symptom of a wider problem as both the County and District Councils seem intent on removing as many parking spaces from Grantham as possible.
The most high profile was the repaving of the Market Square. It looks nice, but resulted in a loss of parking bays in the town centre. The much promised “cafe society” that was supposed to occupy the paved area has not happened, because this is England, not the Mediterranean, and the climate is wrong.
More recently, they also took out four parking places on Conduit Lane outside Greyfriars, for no very obvious reason.
A few years ago, they took out a row of parking spaces in London Road outside the shops, even though the number of shops remained unchanged. They also took out two rows of parking spaces in St Catherine’s Road, although you can still use them at weekends, even though cars are generally the same width in weekdays. This displaces cars onto Dudley Road, which LCC now want to move even further from the town centre with their proposed yellow lines in Dudley Road.
One of the worst areas to park in is the area near the station south of Wharf Road, where you have terraced houses combined with commuters using the station. LCC’s response? To paint yellow lines down Station Road East, depriving both residents and commuters of many parking places, even though it is a very wide road, and parked vehicles are no threat to traffic.
And they are planning to make it all worse. SKDC have plans to sell off both Watergate and Union Street car parks for “development” (aka building on them), reducing the available parking paces still further. Every town that has regenerated itself in the past quarter of a century has had to get the car parking right, or it does not work. Whereas in Grantham the County and District Councils are both trying to make it worse, and undermining the town’s economy. Their plans to allow several thousand people to move into the Southern Quadrant, when it gets built, could bring a lot of extra consumers into the town. However, if they cannot park in the town centre, they will simply get in their cars and drive to Nottingham, Newark or Peterborough instead. Another wasted opportunity from people who know little and care less about the future of Grantham.