Parking plan needs traders’ backing
BEING blunt, I’m not sure the council’s commitment to set up ‘parking strategies’ working groups with local interested parties in Rawtenstall is good enough.
Few people who know Rawtenstall town centre can be confident that the new Spinning Point development deals with the problems it will cause – fewer parking spaces and more people visiting the town by car.
For the Spinning Point development to be a success, it needs to be easy to get in and out of town.
There’s no point saying people can catch the bus because many people won’t want to.
The council has rightly focused on completing the New Hall Hey development and there is now a nearly-full out-oftown shopping park providing, probably, hundreds of local jobs.
But in doing so, it’s created competition for Rawtenstall town centre on the edge of the town centre – and needs to ensure that the Spinning Point development doesn’t make visiting the main town centre harder than it is now.
Spinning Point could be amazing for Rawtenstall town centre.
Regardless of your view on what’s coming up, it’s going to determine the future of the town centre.
It’s so important everything is right.
And that means, I would suggest, not pushing forward with developing the site until a transport plan, and parking plan, is developed which the people who know the town best – the traders – fully support.