ARGUS COMMENT: Newport council's parking stance sends shoppers elsewhere

South Wales Argus: ARGUS COMMENT: Newport council's parking stance sends shoppers elsewhere ARGUS COMMENT: Newport council's parking stance sends shoppers elsewhere

NEWPORT city councillors will tonight hear a motion in support of our campaign to keep city centre parking free for the first two hours.

We would like to take this opportunity to point out that this is a campaign which has really caught the public imagination in Newport.

In just over two weeks since we launched the fight to keep what we see as a really successful initiative in support of our hard-pressed city centre traders we have collected more than 4,000 signatures.

That is no mean feat and it illustrates the strength of feeling about this whole issue. People in Newport are really concerned about what they see as a backwards step for the city.

It is not just about the decision itself, which is bad enough, but it is also about the negative message it sends out.

Newport is not a city awash with good fortune. It cannot afford to send out a message which will effectively send shoppers elsewhere.

If trying to entice shoppers with the offer of two hours’ free car parking is successful, which the council’s own figures clearly show, then we can not understand why it is being withdrawn.

The council maintains it is all to do with money, but we are not convinced by the numbers being suggested.

We also feel the lack of proper consultation means any possible workable solutions have not been explored.

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12:42pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Ian Perry says...

Quote, "since we launched the fight to keep what we see as a really successful initiative" - this is opinion with no research, no figures, no facts - the worst type of journalism.

There is plenty of scientific data and many studies have been conducted into parking, one resulted in a book entitled, "The High Cost of Free Parking".

Why don't the Argus spend a little time doing a bit of research and then present a proper case for free parking in Newport, backed up by the results of studies?
Quote, "since we launched the fight to keep what we see as a really successful initiative" - this is opinion with no research, no figures, no facts - the worst type of journalism. There is plenty of scientific data and many studies have been conducted into parking, one resulted in a book entitled, "The High Cost of Free Parking". Why don't the Argus spend a little time doing a bit of research and then present a proper case for free parking in Newport, backed up by the results of studies? Ian Perry
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10:10am Sun 23 Dec 12

Big Bus Driver says...

RESIDENT COMMENT: Argus editorial standards force readers elsewhere.
RESIDENT COMMENT: Argus editorial standards force readers elsewhere. Big Bus Driver
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