Your views on mak­ing it free to P in Wok­ing­ham

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS - Here’s a se­le­cion of your views from our Face­book page on our free park­ing cam­paign – most seem to think it’s a good idea Marla White Tracey Simp­son Sue Chap­man Philippa Etheridge Jeremy Grand-Scrut­ton Hi­lary Mur­doch Sue Hamp­son Sally Water­man Vanessa Bar

I avoid Wok­ing­ham now. Just an ex­am­ple - last week I tried to get shoes for my daugh­ter. Traf­fic was aw­ful, couldn’t even get close to any­where to park. So we turned around and bought her shoes in Brack­nell.

Wok­ing­ham is blighted by traf­fic and in­creas­ing pol­lu­tion. Buses are pro­vided, reg­u­lar, usu­ally punc­tual and greener. A few routes could pos­si­bly be bet­ter timed to catch train ar­rivals and de­par­tures from Wok­ing­ham Sta­tion. But peo­ple com­plain end­lessly about the traf­fic but don’t seem will­ing to try the al­ter­na­tives. Seems a right to drive all the time is a hard is­sue to chal­lenge in Wok­ing­ham.

With all the build­ing and traf­fic works in Wok­ing­ham at the mo­ment we need to en­cour­age peo­ple in oth­er­wise we will be a ghost town.

We went in to Wok­ing­ham on Satur­day for the first time in a couple of months, my word, what a to­tal mess. The build­ing works by Rose Street caus­ing traf­fic de­lays and the Mar­ket Place looks like it’s been bombed. I feel that the coun­cil have pan­icked in the light of Brack­nell’s new cen­tre and there’s been very lit­tle strate­gic strate­gic think­ing for poor old Wok­ing­ham. The car park charges def­i­nitely need re­view­ing.

‘In­ter­est­ing & di­verse shops’ wouldn’t say this was a good de­scrip­tion of Wok­ing­ham town cen­tre.. how­ever, free park­ing would help de­cid­ing if you felt it was worth pop­ping in.

The only time I go to Wok­ing­ham is to visit the den­tist. It needs bet­ter shops and park­ing charges will not en­cour­age peo­ple to visit. With Brack­nell’s new shops and Read­ing so near, why go to Wok­ing­ham?

We only ever have to pay to park in big cities and our small lo­cal towns are thriv­ing. Mar­ket days are al­ways heav­ing. Is there a les­son for the UK here, I won­der? Also there is of­ten 10 minute park­ing out­side banks and bak­ers. Only in France!

Park­ing charges are a red her­ring. Peo­ple would pay if there was value in do­ing so.

Park­ing should be free in Wok­ing­ham all the time in or­der to in­cen­tivise peo­ple to go there! Why wouldn’t they charge? Are peo­ple for real?!

Why would I go into Wok­ing­ham now? I went to Brack­nell yes­ter­day £3.20 for 3 hours park­ing and it’s got loads of shops and restau­rants ! Or Read­ing £4 for 2 hours with even more! Why would I bother with Wok­ing­ham? If it’s just a few bits then Wood­ley is £1.20 for 2 hours Good step Wok­ing­ham Pa­per Free park­ing won’t help lol I avoid wok­ing­ham like the plague

Whilst I can un­der­stand your cam­paign might be pop­u­lar, the idea that we need more cars in Wok­ing­ham is wholly flawed. Read­ing the WBC con­su­la­tion shows that not only is traf­fic phys­i­cally chok­ing Wok­ing­ham it is lit­er­ally (med­i­cally) do­ing so too. This re­search says that Wok­ing­ham NEEDS TO RE­DUCE ALL TRAF­FIC BY 50% in or­der to pro­tect the health of res­i­dents, shop­pers and work­ers. This is also a le­gal obli­ga­tion.

Wok­ing­ham’s prob­lem is more that the pop­ulist pur­suit of chap­ter park­ing.

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