Go­ing be­yond the limit

Our story on the in­tro­duc­tion of a three-hour time limit for park­ing at the Ash­ford Re­tail Park cre­ated a wave of on­line com­ments, mostly crit­i­cal. Park man­ag­ing agent Sav­ills says the it’s nec­es­sary to stop non-shop­pers park­ing there all day. Here are so

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

On Face­book, you said: Natalie Mills: “Get­ting a park­ing space isn’t an is­sue. Sort­ing out the junc­tion should be a pri­or­ity.” Karen Moss: “Don’t go there any­more af­ter the last time my visit took me a ridicu­lous time to get out of the car park. How about mak­ing ex­it­ing the car park/sort­ing the con­ges­tion prob­lem a pri­or­ity first?” Cathie El­gar: “Ridicu­lous! They need to sort the flow of traf­fic leav­ing the park be­fore any park­ing re­stric­tions are con­sid­ered.” Dave Hayes: “The re­tail­ers might want to chal­lenge the land agents if the re­stric­tions are too short. A cou­ple of hours can soon be up vis­it­ing more than one shop and stop­ping for a cof­fee.” Lau­ren Wedge: “I think that’s a shame to be hon­est. I got a park­ing fine in Maid­stone for over­stay­ing in the car park at Asda Home and The Range even though we hadn’t gone any­where else and were in the shops on that busi­ness park.” Les­ley Sut­ton: “Easy solution ... go else­where to shop.” Max­ine Kirk: “Stupid. Who parks there when not shop­ping?” June New­man: “Per­son­ally l don’t think a round­about at that junc­tion will work. It’ll be the same as it is now. Giv­ing way to traf­fic com­ing from the right is the same with the junc­tion and the round­about. Some­one has to have an an­swer. It’s the rea­son why I don’t visit.” Cal­lum Til­bee: “No­body parks there and walks to work. It’s in the mid­dle of nowhere. Open up the back road but put con­crete speed humps in.” Hay­ley Ast­ley: “So what’s go­ing to hap­pen when you can’t leave the car park be­cause it’s grid­locked? Will you get charged for be­ing stuck in traf­fic?” On Ken­tOn­line, you said:Ash­for­dres­i­dent: “I’m not both­er­ing with that place any­more then.” Christo­pher Ma­son 2: “A live ver­sion of Su­per­mar­ket Sweep. Well if they charge for park­ing else­where this will in­evitably hap­pen. Give it time, the park­ers will even­tu­ally move on.” EdS: “Can any­body sug­gest why any­one would park here if they weren’t shop­ping at any of the stores men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle?”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group. co.uk

Pic­ture: Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

A sign in­di­cat­ing the changed park­ing reg­u­la­tions

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