Are we getting too many parking fines in Ludlow? This is your opportunity to comment and vote.
We councillors have received a number of complaints about fines slapped on cars parking around the Market Square area in the evening. There have been early morning fines too.
Ludlow pub landlord, Adam Tutt, recently had a rage on Facebook about the fines:
Two parking tickets this week one at 10 am Sunday outside my house the other in a loading bay whilst dealing with issue at work. Its profiteering clear and simple creeping around at night stopping people working or relaxing in town!
On the other side of the debate, people tell us that bad parking is creating problems for access to properties.
What do you think? Please comment and vote below.
There are fears that parking, especially around the entrance to Quality Square, could impede access to emergency vehicles. I agree with that. I am forever angry with drivers that park their vehicles on pavements blocking access for disabled people and parents with child buggies. I’d have them hauled away if we had the capacity to do so.
I think it is wrong that fines are being imposed on people who aren’t clear what the rules are. This is especially true around the Market Square, where it is not clear when and when you can park. I am unhappy with fining motorists who make a technical break of the rules but are not creating a problem.
But at times, there are cars stacked everywhere. We must keep the highways open, especially for pedestrians and people of limited mobility. No one should be forced to step into the road because a car or van has parked across the pavement. Drivers park on pavements to allow other drivers to pass easily. They too often seem to have no regard for pedestrians.
We are a historic town. Parking spaces are inevitably in short supply.
That means we must strike a balance. We must allow visitors to park so they can spend money in our town. We must allow residents and businesses to get access to their properties. Ludlow Assembly Rooms relies on people driving into the town centre to view evening performances.
Councillor Viv Parry has arranged a meeting between unitary councillors and enforcement officers on Wednesday afternoon, 3 August. Please comment below and please vote. We need your views by Wednesday.