Grantham Journal letter: A lesson that can be learned

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Unsurprisingly one of the issues raised at the first meeting of the Grantham Area Committee related to the various problems of parking in town.

Local shoppers and visitors to Grantham have expressed their frustration over the years in these columns, but to little or no avail.

Adding insult to injury we have the totally incongruous situation of free parking in Bourne, but parking charges enforced in Grantham - both towns being administered by South Kesteven District Council.

Clearly, however, we still need sensible parking enforcement, as the Journal’s Dozy Parker campaign continues to demonstrate.

Readers may have noted a recent news item in the national media relating to the market town of Cardigan in central Wales in which vandals smashed and looted all the pay-and-display machines in the town’s car parks.

Very quickly people snapped up the free parking opportunities and, while not condoning the vandalism, local retailers have seen their turnover rise by up to 50 per cent.

Shoppers, instead of driving out to faceless, multi-national supermarkets now spend their money buying a selection of quality items from local, specialist retailers and enjoying some relaxing refreshment in individual cafes and restaurants without having to rush or worry about over-running a parking ticket’s time.

Although this example may illustrate the Law of unintended consequences, there could be a simple lesson to be learned from it by the authorities responsible for revitalising our town centre. No, please don’t resort to the wanton destruction of Grantham’s expensive and unwanted parking machines - just make them redundant and cover them up.

Brian Bruce