This article was published on the BBC website on 13th December 2011
The article opens…
A report into how to revive the High Street by retail expert Mary Portas recommends getting town centres to run more like businesses.
The government has also published research on High Streets’ performance which shows that a third of them are “degenerating or failing”.
It’s only right that we skip to the piece about parking. This is after all a blog about parking…
Having affordable town centre parking is another key recommendation.
In a recent survey, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found that 50% of their members said the lack of affordable town centre parking had a detrimental effect on their business.
John Walker, chairman of the FSB, said: “Putting in place free controlled parking schemes and introducing a parking league table could go some way in [addressing] this.”
But Shona Johnstone from the Local Government Association was critical of the proposal.
She said retail workers could end up taking all the free parking spaces before shoppers got to town centres. “It sounds like a good idea, but isn’t going to help,” she said.