Can I have a P please Chris?
Dear Cllr Bowring:
This is a plea to make some adjustments to parking charges in central Wokingham for the remainder of 2017.
I’m sure that you are aware of the concerns on this subject among our small retailers.
Revenue in the last quarter of the year is often the difference between survival and death for many small retail businesses.
I support many of the concerns and calls for temporary help expressed by the proprietors of Wokingham Decor and Stefan’s Butchers as reported and expressed in this week’s Wokingham Paper.
I appreciate that car park revenue is important to WBC in these hard times.
However, I would suggest that the survival of retail businesses in Wokingham is of higher strategic priority.
It is difficult to see the wisdom of our Regeneration Company investing well in excess of £100 million in new retail space when existing businesses are threatened with extinction by inflexibility in this respect.
Prospective new tenants will do their research before considering
leasing new premises in our town centre.
Despite what explanations the Regeneration Company might propose, the closure of M&S, Wetherspoons amd Cara branches will tell their own story.
This will lower the priority of target businesses allocating resources to opening a branch in Peach Place & Elms Field.
Therefore, it is really urgent to take helpful action for the remaining weeks of this year. I urge you to do so.
I would add that parking location, availability and charging are integral and significant components of the retail proposition of any location.
Wokingham Borough Council must recognise that a stand-alone view of the finances of parking could threaten the success of our Regeneration project. David Nash, via email
I would like to support David Nash’s comments here and to ask if it would be possible to delay the resurfacing work in the Market Place until after Christmas in the hope that footfall will increase along with takings pre- Christmas.
At the moment the town is so quiet that the traffic is even managing to flow pretty freely. Pat Smith, Chair GLRA
Parking should be free and Langborough should be open both ways. We live in Gipsy Lane and it is a nightmare to get anywhere in Wokingham at the moment! Anita Stein, via Facebook
Drove through today and didn’t bother stopping.. it was like a ghost town.. the council have gone mad allowing all the works to go on at the same time as Bracknell reopened.
Such a shame to see the town in this state! Ian Clark, via Facebook
The whole town has been a mess for months, they’ve been doing work to the cycle lane on Reading Road, between Sainsbury and the Woosehill roundabout since before the summer, dug it up and put it back and I am struggling to see what the money has been spent on, I can’t see any difference apart from dodgy broken curb stones! Ruth Webb, via Facebook
I don’t understand why the council hasn’t at least made parking free whilst the works are going on. I know that doesn’t solve the issues of the roads being closed but it would be a gesture to encourage people to still use the town. Katrina Devereuxm, via Facebook
The one-way restriction for Langborough Road is to keep Denmark Street flowing not because of work on the road.
However, I have seen more than 15 cars and lorries turning on the mini roundabout because the signage is not clear enough at the Wellington Road roundabout and sat nav systems do not recognise it as closed.
The road chaos is crazy. Keeping Denmark Street flowing is failing due to the traffic lights at the station. These need to be adjusted whilst these works are ongoing.
I agree that we need free parking to encourage people into the town and a reduction in rates for independent traders. Amanda Kirby, via Facebook
And even if you do cycle into town, most of the places you used to be able to lock your bike have been removed. Sarah Burgess, via Facebook
Surely parking should be free while all this stuff is going on, people may not be put off as much? Seema Wilson, via Facebook
It is utter chaos in Wokingham at the moment. There’s only about 75 yards of road closed and it’s bringing the while town to a standstill. It’s taking over an hour to do a school run that normally takes 30 minutes. Darron Love, via Facebook