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Car Park Rants

Published on August 24th 2004.

The response to our car park article has stopped the traffic! Here are just a few of the comments that have come back to us:
"Yes, I think everyone should object to the insane Council parking (or to be precise) no parking policy. A good example is the disabled bays outside Deansgate Locks, the only disabled I ever see down there are the morally disabled. Though , to be fair, I did once see a girl in a wheelchair attempt to enter The Sugar Lounge, needless to say, she didn't get in but I suppose she needed the slot to park in whilst she wasted her time having the argument.The only real way to affect this policy is for businesses who are loosing custom through this greedy, shortsighted policy to withhold their rates. If enough of them do it and stand firm the Kremlin will take notice."
John Nuttall

"Bloody ridiculous. And it's making it harder to park at the Trafford Centre at the weekend - surely a sign of where shoppers are going rather than pay extortionate prices if they can find a parking space in the city centre..."
Sarah Wilson

"I totally agree with you...The car parking prices in town are ridiculous. The other day I had to go into a cafe to get change and was away from my car a minute and when i got back a warden was issuing me with a ticket (give me a break!). Fortunately i wrote a letter to the council (or Kremlin) explaining the situation and appealing to their better nature. I also enclosed my parking ticket which was purchased at the same time the ticket was issued. Fortunately the council realised this had been a mistake and cancelled my ticket 9 (one for us!) although they did say if this was to happen again they would not be as leniant as it is up to me to have the correct change. However, i noticed last Saturday night whilst trying to park round the Northern Quarter of town the amount of disabled spots and double yellow lines, what a complete waste of space. I mean, how many disabled people are going to venture into town on an evening?So why can't we use those spaces at nighttime? I ended up parking down some badly lit back alley, so I spent most of the night worrying whether i was going to have a car to go back to, or at least a car with windows intact. Fortunately for me, my car was fine. It becomes a regular occurance on a Saturday night to see a white van drive round Manchester until at least two or three o'clock in the morning and traffic wardens jump out like they're something off the A-Team. I just don't understand what harm people are causing by parking within reason on double yellows, single yellows or disabled spots at the weekend. Please go ahead and fight our corner!.... "

"I live in the city centre and the parking policies are annoying the hell out of me. They make no sense. Are they trying to drive people to the Trafford Centre???
Karen Pheasant
"What are you on about? Manchester has 48 (count 'em) carparks in the City Centre and a couple of thousand street parking bays, and if you walk say half-a-mile free parking. Putting prices up 10% helps the Council pay for better pedestrian safety. Need parking income to do that. Public transport is actually quite good here and we're second behind London in take up nationally. A bus pass on Stagecoach for £8 a week is a bargain. GMPTE do ones for all services inc Metro and BR for a few pounds more. We need to get out of our cars on the edges of our city and ride round on free shuttle buses (yes free!) and over the coming years we need to get serious park and ride policies, more Metro of course, and turn those multi storeys over to other uses - residents' parking, commercial and social uses, even gardens on the roofs. But they should improve the signs on bays - got tricked by one in Salford recently myself - and change meters to continuous not stepped scale of charges. "
Chris Paul

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