This will kill the town!
Beach Road, South Shields 16:45 17th. August 2011
THE introduction of pay and display parking meters near South Marine Park in South Shields will deter visitors coming to the town, critics have claimed……..
Coun Ahmed Khan, Independent Alliance representative for Beacon and Bents, has claimed parking charges were becoming a “cash cow” for the council and predicted that the cost of the residents’ parking permit would spiral year on year.
He said: “The top and bottom is that there is no such thing as a rationalised parking strategy.
“This is purely about one thing, and one thing only, that’s generating extra revenue for the council.
“Increasingly, motorists are being taxed in all kind of ways and it’s becoming obvious that they are, in effect, cash cows, that the council feels can be milked for every last drop.
“This scheme is just the tip of the iceberg. In the next two or three years we are going to see a plethora of these type of schemes, introduced whether or not residents or businesses want them.”
Nice to see that Cllr. Khan is agreeing with me on at least one thing, however I do disagree that these schemes will kill off the town or deter visitors, I took this picture less than an hour ago, it has been a fairly dreary grey and damp Monday in the middle of August with no great reason to be visiting South Shields. Yet, as this picture clearly demonstrates there are only three spaces left available at the end of the afternoon, people are obviously using these spaces and happily (well, perhaps grudgingly) paying for them, even at this late stage of the afternoon usage of these parking spaces is very much as you would normally find on a Monday. Drivers have not been deterred!
We are still generating visitors to the town centre and generating needed revenue, however as the world stares down the gun barrel of economic disaster caused by the building of debt mountains by ever profligate governments, shouldn’t we be looking at every possible way to stop our spending instead of squeezing more money from the people at the bottom of the pile, we are after all the ones you will increasingly rely upon to provide the Holy Grail of economic growth!
The other bi-product generated by this move is the self publicity for a man named as the defendant in a USA court over a pretty unsavoury business, a man who so far has failed to propose any sensible or useful policies that may help South Tyneside Council out during the current economic crisis, and as far as we are aware has failed to make a single policy proposal that has been accepted and could be said to “have made a difference”.
Own goals do not come cheaply.