Wiltshire Council - who is it that matters?
I am a huge supporter of the idea of a residents’ parking scheme. Not a right to a parking place, but an opportunity to park somewhere roughly in the vicinity of your home.
Perhaps a reorganisation of time restricted parking, so it could double up with residents’ parking would work. I would go so far as to say all current “free unlined spaces” could go into this scheme if needs be and also become time restricted, so we could double up with low paid workers as well. The town council could perhaps kick something off to see how many people/businesses would want to be involved.
Visitors to Marlborough however, must be encouraged to go directly into the car parks - by improved signage. Something encouraging that indicates places like the George Lane/Hilliers Yard/Polly Garden car parks are adjacent to High Street shops. I suggested this the last time signage was renewed and was of course ignored.
With the migration of a labour force outwards every morning, being replaced with the influx of workers, I believe there must be a system that would work. It could at least be trialed in a designated zone of Marlborough - like The Parade/Kennet Place/part of London Road - but I would suggest there wouldn’t I?!
The attitude of the old District and County Councils over the last 20 years to providing Residents’ Parking has been nothing short of disinterested. Further problems have been caused over 30 or more years by increasing the number of dwellings, but always with too little parking, a planning issue which was under the council's control.
This is a market town in a rural area which is never going to have a public transport scheme that makes you want to give up your car. Love them or hate them, we literally cannot live without them.
The Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan Team have surveyed and confirmed that we absolutely do not have enough parking. That committee and the Town Council can only do so much, as Wiltshire Council sells off every square inch for other purposes and refuses to address our problem.
To thrive, we need a town where visitors can be funneled into car parks, residents have the opportunity to park for a sensible price (i.e. £50-£100 per annum) and low paid workers are assisted.
I have all the parking maps of Marlborough somewhere in a box, along with every excuse known to man as to why we can’t have Residents’ Parking. I will back any action taken by MANP and the Town Council. However, my days of running campaigns like CRAMP (Cars, Residents And Marlborough Parking) are over. I’m battle weary.
Let’s encourage Wiltshire Council to honour its strap line, (known in Marlborough as “Wiltshire Council where nobody matters”) and show they do actually care about us and our parking problems.