We must have a park­ing so­lu­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Alan Foxon’s let­ter (No park­ing com­mon sense, KE Fe­bru­ary 4) hits al­most ev­ery nail on the head!

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s Plan­ning and High­ways teams con­tin­u­ally fail to serve Ash­ford res­i­dents well and just add to the prob­lems the town faces all the time.

They ac­tu­ally make things worse by their ac­tions.

The plan­ners fail to en­sure there is ad­e­quate em­ployee park­ing at ev­ery new de­vel­op­ment.

A prime ex­am­ple is the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal which has ex­panded to have 3,000 staff but it has only 1,300 staff park­ing places.

This er­ror looks to be re­peated at the new junc­tion 10A ware­house de­vel­op­ment.

Res­i­den­tial ar­eas near in­dus­trial es­tates suf­fer from em­ploy­ees us­ing roads as free car parks af­fect­ing ac­cess and res­i­dents’ lives daily.

Lor­ries con­tinue to clog up res­i­den­tial streets even af­ter ABC started to is­sue tick­ets and clamp the oc­ca­sional ve­hi­cle.

Park­ing prices in the town cen­tre, plus the huge num­ber of dou­ble yel­low lines, have made the town a no-go area for shop­pers.

If mak­ing cus­tomers pay for park­ing was a good idea Tesco and B&Q would have done it years ago.

Some­thing has to be done. ABC needs to com­pletely change its poli­cies re­gard­ing car park plan­ning, park­ing charges, lorry park­ing, and en­force­ment oth­er­wise the ever ex­pand­ing town and sub­urbs will be­come one of the worst places to live in. Con­trast this to Wash­ing­ton in the USA.

They built a new metro line and ev­ery

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