Park­ing plan needs traders’ back­ing

Rossendale Free Press - - The Rossendale Scribbler -

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.

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