NEWPORT PARKING: ‘They’re kicking us while we’re down’ - traders

South Wales Argus: SUPPORTING CAMPAIGN: Traders from Newport Market SUPPORTING CAMPAIGN: Traders from Newport Market

TRADERS across the city centre are backing our campaign to ‘Keep City Parking Free.’ 

At AD Turner’s butchers in Newport Market, the staff were adamant that the loss of free parking would impact on business.

Butcher Mike Turner, who has worked on the market for 27 years, said: “We need people to be able to get to us, and with the gas works on the High Street, the changes they are making to the bus station affecting the car park there, and the market renovation, we already feel like a castle with a moat around us.

“The two hours free parking has made a hell of a difference so to get rid of that would be a massive blow.

“The car is here to stay, so everywhere needs car parks. Look at Spytty retail park, why do people go there? Because it’s got a massive free car park.

“The council has taken no notice of our concerns and we need a big voice like the Argus to help us.

“This is one of the best Victorian markets in the country and if they are not careful they are going to kill it.”

“They are kicking us while we are down and not giving us a chance to get up again,” agreed Steve Reynolds, who runs Toy Army in the market.

“Introducing the two hours free parking is one of the only good things the councils have done for us recently.

“Look at the money they wasted taking the taxis to court and yet they can’t afford this.

“My takings are down because of all the work they are doing here. The last couple of weeks I haven’t been able to pay myself a wage, so to make it even worse by getting rid of the free parking is unbelievable.

“We never see any of them down here so how can they say they understand?

“Newport’s a city and yet Cwmbran is beating us for trade hands down. They say you can’t compare us with Cwmbran Shopping because they use the rents but at the end of the day that’s who we are competing against for shoppers.”

Joe Roberts, the owner of Cedars café on Skinner Street, said: “Anything which can help bring people into the city centre is something we would back, we need to encourage people to come to the city centre.”

Paul Merrett, who works at Arnolds Electrical on Skinner Street, one of Newport’s most established stores, said: “The two hours free parking has made a big difference, it makes it easier for people to come into the city centre and we’ve been very happy with it.

“Getting rid of it is going to put people off coming in.

“Look at the money they have wasted on other projects like Mariners Green.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice what they’ve done, but it was nice before, so if they were running out of money why did they do that?” ‘

 

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10:16am Thu 29 Nov 12

rhinestine says...

It's easy, re-locate to Cwmbran.....lots of trade there it seems.......
It's easy, re-locate to Cwmbran.....lots of trade there it seems....... rhinestine
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10:41am Thu 29 Nov 12

JoJoJoJo says...

I wonder why the Argus always go to Turner's butchers for an opinion?

"The car is here to stay, so everywhere needs car parks. Look at Spytty retail park, why do people go there? Because it’s got a massive free car park."

You know as well as everyone else does, the council are not going to help you so help yourself. Relocate to Spytty!
I wonder why the Argus always go to Turner's butchers for an opinion? "The car is here to stay, so everywhere needs car parks. Look at Spytty retail park, why do people go there? Because it’s got a massive free car park." You know as well as everyone else does, the council are not going to help you so help yourself. Relocate to Spytty! JoJoJoJo
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11:41am Thu 29 Nov 12

On the inside says...

"Look at Spytty retail park, why do people go there? Because it’s got a massive free car park."

Yes, one paid for by the traders not the people of Newport. It is not the job of the council to underwrite badly run businesses. If car parking is such an issue let the traders pay for it out of their profits. If they are not making a profit they must fail, that is the basis of capitalism.
"Look at Spytty retail park, why do people go there? Because it’s got a massive free car park." Yes, one paid for by the traders not the people of Newport. It is not the job of the council to underwrite badly run businesses. If car parking is such an issue let the traders pay for it out of their profits. If they are not making a profit they must fail, that is the basis of capitalism. On the inside
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2:06pm Thu 29 Nov 12

pinpong says...

What a wonderful socialist attitude.No wonder the city is in a mess when we have people like on the inside who support labour.
Bring back the free two hour parking its needed.people in Newport would vote for a fag end if it was wrapped in a red ribbon.
What a wonderful socialist attitude.No wonder the city is in a mess when we have people like on the inside who support labour. Bring back the free two hour parking its needed.people in Newport would vote for a fag end if it was wrapped in a red ribbon. pinpong
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4:18pm Thu 29 Nov 12

PaulHalliday says...

We are co-ordinating with the argus by running the facebook campaign and any public meetings etc...

PLease join us at http://www.facebook.
com/KeepNewportsFree
Parking
We are co-ordinating with the argus by running the facebook campaign and any public meetings etc... PLease join us at http://www.facebook. com/KeepNewportsFree Parking PaulHalliday
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8:22pm Thu 29 Nov 12

YazPad-But says...

"At AD Turner’s butchers in Newport Market, the staff were adamant that the loss of free parking would impact on business."

Perhaps AD Turner should wander to his nearest charity shop for business advice. Bearing in mind charity shops are THRIVING and MULTIPLYING with customers all using the same parking facilties as his do.
"At AD Turner’s butchers in Newport Market, the staff were adamant that the loss of free parking would impact on business." Perhaps AD Turner should wander to his nearest charity shop for business advice. Bearing in mind charity shops are THRIVING and MULTIPLYING with customers all using the same parking facilties as his do. YazPad-But
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11:39pm Thu 29 Nov 12

JoJoJoJo says...

YazPad-But wrote:
"At AD Turner’s butchers in Newport Market, the staff were adamant that the loss of free parking would impact on business."

Perhaps AD Turner should wander to his nearest charity shop for business advice. Bearing in mind charity shops are THRIVING and MULTIPLYING with customers all using the same parking facilties as his do.
Charity shops? That's it! Perhaps all the failing businesses should ask Laura Buchanan for advice??
[quote][p][bold]YazPad-But[/bold] wrote: "At AD Turner’s butchers in Newport Market, the staff were adamant that the loss of free parking would impact on business." Perhaps AD Turner should wander to his nearest charity shop for business advice. Bearing in mind charity shops are THRIVING and MULTIPLYING with customers all using the same parking facilties as his do.[/p][/quote]Charity shops? That's it! Perhaps all the failing businesses should ask Laura Buchanan for advice?? JoJoJoJo
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7:48am Fri 30 Nov 12

pinpong says...

JoJoJoJo wrote:
YazPad-But wrote: "At AD Turner’s butchers in Newport Market, the staff were adamant that the loss of free parking would impact on business." Perhaps AD Turner should wander to his nearest charity shop for business advice. Bearing in mind charity shops are THRIVING and MULTIPLYING with customers all using the same parking facilties as his do.
Charity shops? That's it! Perhaps all the failing businesses should ask Laura Buchanan for advice??
Dont forget that Laura Buchanan gets all her stock free of charge and a reduction on rates. Hardly fair. I bet as soon as they start charging for parking the charity shops will feel the pinch.
[quote][p][bold]JoJoJoJo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YazPad-But[/bold] wrote: "At AD Turner’s butchers in Newport Market, the staff were adamant that the loss of free parking would impact on business." Perhaps AD Turner should wander to his nearest charity shop for business advice. Bearing in mind charity shops are THRIVING and MULTIPLYING with customers all using the same parking facilties as his do.[/p][/quote]Charity shops? That's it! Perhaps all the failing businesses should ask Laura Buchanan for advice??[/p][/quote]Dont forget that Laura Buchanan gets all her stock free of charge and a reduction on rates. Hardly fair. I bet as soon as they start charging for parking the charity shops will feel the pinch. pinpong
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