The proposed exclusion zone for vehicles in Ludlow’s town centre will benefit no one except Shropshire Council’s coffers from yet more parking fines. It is overkill. Heavy handed regulation of the type in currently vogue in Shirehall.
We don’t need this. There is a recognised problem with inconsiderate parking in the market area. There is also a problem with drivers not knowing where they can park or where they will get a penalty charge notice.
But this doesn’t need to be solved with the over the top scheme Shropshire Council is proposing.
The council wants five foot high signs in the middle of one of Britain’s most historical town centres. It wants a one way system on streets that maybe see just a few vehicles a week. Enforced by more signs. And more fines.
There is a simpler way of resolving the issues we face with inconsiderate parking in Ludlow’s market area. We can put in demountable bollards. Benches that can be moved for major events. More planters for Ludlow in Bloom to ensure that we continue to win gold status every year. These are solutions that will enhance the quality of the town centre, not clutter it up with signs and drive visitors off with penalty charge notices.