28 THE JOURNAL, June 12, 2014 Newsdesk: Salisbury 01722 426511 • Advertising 426500 email: email@example.com
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n It should be all car parks.
n Free parking in all car parks in Andover
after 4pm, free all day at Next, The Range,
Wickes, Maplin, Halfords Homebase etc etc
(Nice new bus station as well!). It's a start I
suppose. Are there elections coming up?
n It's good to see Salisbury finally being
proactive about the lack of footfall coming
through the city. However, I feel making the
central car park free would have sent a better
message to the local population.
n A start, yes, but not going far enough in my
view! Maybe shops can do a Thursday night
opening when parking is free?
Jessica Jade Fretwell
n So the council think they’re doing us a
favour. Culver Street is the least used car
park in the city. Wow wee.
IF the coach drivers are going to
use Britford park and ride, why
would the coach tour passengers
not come into the centre of
Salisbury on the park and ride
We don’t understand why
locals are expected to use park
and ride if it’s not good enough
for tourists. This is an
opportunity to rid Salisbury’s
city centre of oversized coaches
by using the park and ride
system, which is already in place
with plenty of unused capacity.
Brown Street car park, right, is
highly valued by local shoppers
because it is about as far as
many people are prepared to
walk carrying shopping. An end
to Brown Street car parking
would be another nail in the
coffin of Salisbury as a shopping
and market town.
Sacrificing regular local year-
round shoppers in a fanciful
attempt to lure tourists to linger
longer is a poor deal for people
who live here, attempt to earn a
living and provide much needed
employment for others.
The Salisbury Vision team may
think Brown Street car park to
be a great place for coaches, but
who is looking out for the local
people who think Brown Street
car park is a great place for
Salisbury Vision says there is
plenty of space in Culver Street,
but that is because people don’t
want to use it. Take away Brown
Street and more people will find
Salisbury an unattractive
proposition and will stay away.
The Vision wants extra coach
parking for the Magna Carta
celebrations - they’ve got it using
Salisbury park and ride.
We urge you not to trial this
concept - shoppers will be lost,
more shops will close and, once
lost, the shoppers probably won’t
n GIVEN that we are going to
lose the ideally-placed coach
station at Millstream Approach,
Salisbury is going to have to put
up with coaches squeezing
through the narrow city streets
to find some other place to drop
off and pick up.
But wait a minute - we have
buses (some larger than coaches)
already doing this, so are a few
more going to make that much
And, come to that, what's
wrong with the old abandoned
bus station as a coach park - then
Brown Street can carry on doing
what it's good for - parking cars.
Don't tell me - Wiltshire
Council has already agreed to
sell it off for housing.
Now where have I heard that
n THE current coach station in
Millstream Approach has a short
relatively direct approach from
Churchill Way, toilets and a café,
Brown Street has none of these
on offer at present. Please
True the size could be
improved - I counted more than
20 coaches at time - the café and
toilet could be upgraded, and
perhaps the bridge could be
widened too as part of Maltings
One suspects part of the
motive to develop coach parking
in Brown Street stems from the
disastrous waste of money on
Culver Street, which is rarely
used even when it is free
I WAS interested to see recent
references in your
correspondence relating to
Wiltshire’s aggressive parking
strategy and its consequences.
Having tickets for a concert in
Salisbury on Friday last, and not
knowing the city, we decided to
come in on Thursday afternoon
to see where the venue was,
where we could park and where
we might get a meal before the
performance. We found the
central car park and paid for an
hour. In fact, I paid a bit more
than the hourly rate, not having
the exact change required.
Unfortunately, due to
unfamiliarity with the city and
also to the awful weather, we
returned a few minutes later
than expected; just in time to see
an operative walking away from
our car, having left a fixed
penalty notice which revealed
that the vehicle had been
"observed" in place 12 minutes
after the expiry time on the
Ok, we'd overstayed slightly,
but with no intention of doing so,
and I would have thought a little
leeway could have been applied,
as happens elsewhere.
After all, I had paid more than
the hourly fee, and give and take
should surely work both ways.
The wider problem, of course,
is that such precipitate action is
counter-productive, in that it has
discouraged us from hurrying
Salisbury tourism really should
have a word with Wiltshire
parking services about that.
risk of alienating shoppers
more than 600 patients
missing their appoint-
ments at Salisbury
Medical Centre since
n It's blooming annoying as it's near on
impossible to get an appointment at this sur-
n They should charge those who let the sys-
n Charge for missed appointments.
Frea Marie Nunn
n Considering the huge numbers, why are
appointments consistently running late? This
has to work both ways to work at all.
n I guess the odd person can genuinely for-
get but now they send text message
reminders and given that you've no doubt
made an appointment for a reason it seems a
shame that people can't be more careful and
thoughtful of our precious resources.
n It's hard to get appointment then some-
times it’s up to two weeks away.
n Use it or lose it. This is a very good sur-
gery. That said, no surgery should be taken
for granted; we are lucky to have such a serv-
I THOUGHT the market square looked very
charming and pretty this Monday morning as I
had a coffee in bright sunshine in the square.
The leaves on the trees are out and bright
green, the toilets have been masked by floral
arrangements, the new paving is a great
improvement and the tourists are all stopping
to take photos of the new arrangements.
I think in all sincerity that the councillors
who planned all these improvements
shouldnow be acknowledged to have done a
fine job in bringing the market square up to
Salisbury Market Place Picture byTom Gregory DC4656P10