Parking fuss is so perverse

First published in Letters

THE fact that 5,345 people have signed your petition calling for the continuation of free parking in Newport proves only that a lot of people have an unreasonable sense of entitlement.

Why should Newport City Council provide free parking? No doubt if you launched a petition demanding free beer in the city’s pubs that too would draw a lot of support. The council have given their reasons why free parking is unsustainable and they seem fair enough to me. However, if any of those who signed your petition sincerely believe that providing free parking is so important they should write to the council (and the Argus) listing those essential services which they think should be cut to pay for it. We are living in economically straitened times. There are families who have to choose between buying food and keeping warm. A few families are going to be made homeless. In such circumstances to make such a ridiculous fuss about a parking fee of £1 for three hours is perverse and morally offensive.

Clive Shakesheff Lewis Way, Chepstow

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10:00pm Thu 17 Jan 13

P C Neilson says...

I 100% agree with this. It seems perverse that our fair paper also thinks that "free parking" is a good idea, evident by the four or five big page printing of the 5,345 signatures and the semi defensive rebuttal to the above letter by the editor in the same issue.

There is no such thing as 'free parking' and to say that it is ok to keep asking for money (because that's what it is) while a solution to a failing, dilapidated town centre is found, is not helpful to any right thinking persons mind. And yes, slightly offensive when you consider the kind of issues that will pose very real problems for us all in the very near future are not getting even as much attention as dog poo!

With shops boarded up and closing throughout town, thousands more about to join the dreaded and reviled dole queue, struggling families trying to find the money to move to avoid bedroom tax, money is going to become even tighter, with little signs of it going away under this governments care.

An even bleaker future for the next generation to come, growing up in a demonised welfare society, especially if our qualifications here are not going to be universally recognised as equal to what england has. It might happen.

People won't come to the oppressive and empty Newport town for the 'free parking' it is inconvenient and depressing, there is no reason for our nieghbours to shop here either.

I sometimes wonder if we don't deserve what we get served up, when we display en masse, such ignorance on the things that really matter, and such blindness to the bigger picture of what we let slide all the time.

Too many people are fans of thinking in the style of dichotomies. Either Or. Make the parking cheap enough to maintain it, no more and no less.
I 100% agree with this. It seems perverse that our fair paper also thinks that "free parking" is a good idea, evident by the four or five big page printing of the 5,345 signatures and the semi defensive rebuttal to the above letter by the editor in the same issue. There is no such thing as 'free parking' and to say that it is ok to keep asking for money (because that's what it is) while a solution to a failing, dilapidated town centre is found, is not helpful to any right thinking persons mind. And yes, slightly offensive when you consider the kind of issues that will pose very real problems for us all in the very near future are not getting even as much attention as dog poo! With shops boarded up and closing throughout town, thousands more about to join the dreaded and reviled dole queue, struggling families trying to find the money to move to avoid bedroom tax, money is going to become even tighter, with little signs of it going away under this governments care. An even bleaker future for the next generation to come, growing up in a demonised welfare society, especially if our qualifications here are not going to be universally recognised as equal to what england has. It might happen. People won't come to the oppressive and empty Newport town for the 'free parking' it is inconvenient and depressing, there is no reason for our nieghbours to shop here either. I sometimes wonder if we don't deserve what we get served up, when we display en masse, such ignorance on the things that really matter, and such blindness to the bigger picture of what we let slide all the time. Too many people are fans of thinking in the style of dichotomies. Either Or. Make the parking cheap enough to maintain it, no more and no less. P C Neilson
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7:29am Fri 18 Jan 13

gathin says...

We keep town going- not the council.
Why should we be doubly penalised by the very people whose wages we, the tax payer, pay?
Public services have really gone through the floor over the last decade and yet council tax has increased every year without fail or pause.
As we're supposed to be living in a democracy shouldn't we, the populus, have a say in what we want?
Footfall in town is an absolute fallacy especially as most of the shops in town have relocated to Cwmbran, where parking is free. The publically funded corporation which is the town council could really learn from the privately run corporation of Cwmbran. Cwmbran used to be a joke but now it's left Newport floundering and it's all down to subsequent arrogant councils who have just burnt public money with nothing to show for it.
We keep town going- not the council. Why should we be doubly penalised by the very people whose wages we, the tax payer, pay? Public services have really gone through the floor over the last decade and yet council tax has increased every year without fail or pause. As we're supposed to be living in a democracy shouldn't we, the populus, have a say in what we want? Footfall in town is an absolute fallacy especially as most of the shops in town have relocated to Cwmbran, where parking is free. The publically funded corporation which is the town council could really learn from the privately run corporation of Cwmbran. Cwmbran used to be a joke but now it's left Newport floundering and it's all down to subsequent arrogant councils who have just burnt public money with nothing to show for it. gathin
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1:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Lewis UK says...

Blame Labour. Tax hard working familys and give to the lazy stay at home claimants!

I just dont moan about it. I visit Cwmbran. There are far better shops to visit. Let them run Newport to the ground. I live closer to the retal estate and is quite looking forward to visititng the New shops that are built.
Blame Labour. Tax hard working familys and give to the lazy stay at home claimants! I just dont moan about it. I visit Cwmbran. There are far better shops to visit. Let them run Newport to the ground. I live closer to the retal estate and is quite looking forward to visititng the New shops that are built. Lewis UK
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2:58pm Fri 18 Jan 13

godobe says...

"The continuation of free parking in Newport proves only that a lot of people have an unreasonable sense of entitlement"

So sad and so true.
"The continuation of free parking in Newport proves only that a lot of people have an unreasonable sense of entitlement" So sad and so true. godobe
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9:19am Sat 19 Jan 13

scraptheWAG says...

a lot of the youth that roam around newport now are a product of labour welfare state, children just knocked out to claim the extra benefits and housing benefit.
a lot of the youth that roam around newport now are a product of labour welfare state, children just knocked out to claim the extra benefits and housing benefit. scraptheWAG
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10:31pm Sat 19 Jan 13

smokintheweed says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
a lot of the youth that roam around newport now are a product of labour welfare state, children just knocked out to claim the extra benefits and housing benefit.
I'd like to see the figures that support what you are presenting as fact. Otherwise, spew your class discrimination crap somewhere else.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: a lot of the youth that roam around newport now are a product of labour welfare state, children just knocked out to claim the extra benefits and housing benefit.[/p][/quote]I'd like to see the figures that support what you are presenting as fact. Otherwise, spew your class discrimination crap somewhere else. smokintheweed
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