Regarding Nick Boles’ suggestion regarding free parking, I fully endorse his comments.
The council appear to be oblivious to the problems of retailers and small businesses, the need for shoppers. So, instead of driving people out of town get them to drive in.
It appears to me the council is motivated by greed . . . revenue from parking charges! Constant traffic wardens patrolling seeking their next victim. In my view it’s legalised robbery.
Try free parking for a period. Shoppers will flock back and revitalise the high street. Let the town thrive, not die.