Park free message from councillor

By David Newble

Thursday, March 7, 2013

 

Park free message from councillor

Cllr Margaret Webster in the free car park, which is lying empty.

JUST why a free car park in the town remains largely unused is baffling an East Cowes councillor.

Cllr Margaret Webster pressed for free parking in the Maresfield Road car park to take the pressure off residential roads in and around the town centre.

She said many visitors to the town were not aware of the car park, which is not clearly signed for public use.

Cllr Webster is asking the Isle of Wight Council for better signs to the car park, which remains empty most of the time.

She said: "Many residents from elsewhere on the Island visit East Cowes to take advantage of our shops, visit friends and family or catch a ferry.

"However, by parking in residential streets, they can cause difficulty for residents, many of whom need to park near their homes due to mobility reasons or having young families.

"I would urge visitors to the boat museum in East Cowes to use this car park. Now that we have this free car park, I would urge and welcome visitors to East Cowes to make full use of it," Cllr Webster added.

"It is empty most of the time and could be put to far better use, to ease the burden on the rest of the town.

"I am pressing for clearer signs and information about the the car park and hope this will help raise awareness."

The Isle of Wight Council offers free parking at its car parks at different times during the week, to support traders. For details visit www.iwight.com

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by alan naylor

8th March 2013, at 12:57:52

The real reason the car park is not used is because anyone looking for parking would be afraid of leaving their car there for any length of time BIG BROTHER has been in force for so long with parking the cowering car driver is mesmerised as to whats what WHAT HAVE WE BECOME

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by alan naylor

8th March 2013, at 12:57:51

The real reason the car park is not used is because anyone looking for parking would be afraid of leaving their car there for any length of time BIG BROTHER has been in force for so long with parking the cowering car driver is mesmerised as to whats what WHAT HAVE WE BECOME

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by Jim Buchanan

8th March 2013, at 10:35:47

The reason it is out of the way and not signposted 'free parking' is so no-one finds it or uses it. This way people have to use the pay and display parking which generates revenue.
However by having this nowhere land car park, the council can genuinely claim to provide free car parking in Cowes.

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by Warren Copland

7th March 2013, at 22:58:33

Instead of waiting time having a photo taken what they should be doing is setting up a focus group with people who live in 2012 and not 1962 about how to occupy the space. What can they do to utilise that space?

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by sam smith

7th March 2013, at 22:33:45

Didn't know it was there, I will try it.

Sure I'm not the only one who finds the constant inane comments from Lee Majors totally boring!

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by kevin froment

7th March 2013, at 21:39:44

i dont see anyone inviting you lee majors, those of us that live in this c@@p hole quite like it, as for the car park, it is too far away from town to benefit anyone except people that need long stay parking, instead of wasting the, probably large, some of money to build it the town council could have used that money to clean up the beach, the stench can be overpowering during the rare hot spells we get, how many years could the local youth club have been kept open or other charities benefited come to that. the usual one sided decisions and no consultation with the people of the town, when will any of these councillors realise that they are elected to represent us, not just do something and expect us to agree with it

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by neil jacks

7th March 2013, at 21:20:38

Mike, I went back and read this again after seing your comment and have to say, well spotted, very funny, very good idea!!!!.. Can it be done?

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by Mike Crowe

7th March 2013, at 18:55:22

Looking at the picture I have an idea for its use. Roll it up and replace some of the highways with it. It looks as if it is in better condition than the roads.

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by Jon saln

7th March 2013, at 18:36:18

Cowes week is once a year...
East Cowes beach...what that stoney place covered in stinking sea weed..
The only use it has is to serve the communtors and day trippers to Southampton.

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by Warren Copland

7th March 2013, at 18:24:24

Barking mad!

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