Day: 8 September 2016

Parking enforcement to continue in Ludlow but new deal in in sight

This parking crackdown has split the town. People should park legally and in a way that doesn’t block access to town centre properties. But there also needs to be a bit of give and take, especially as restricted parking areas in the centre of Ludlow are so poorly marked. Officers have enforced parking restrictions where they are clear lines and signage. They have then gone on to slap penalty notices on cars where the lines are all but invisible. They assume a degree of technical knowledge about where and when you can park in our town. Most residents don’t have that knowledge. Tourists must find our badly signposted parking restrictions bewildering. Work to repaint lines around the town centre and improve signage was requested two years ago. As part of a new deal to sort out Ludlow parking, the council’s contractors are due to paint the lines next Tuesday. This action has only come about because the huge anger generated by the parking clampdown. It is wrong that there needs to be a public row before Shropshire Council fulfils its statutory of clearly marking where people can and can’t park. Shropshire Council hasn’t got this one right. It should have…

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