In answer to our Mayors letter on 16th July, I would like to point out to your readers that his statement “was taken after consulting with local businesses” gives a very false impression of the number of businesses the council engaged with as despite my best efforts I have only found one who has discussed this with them. No attempt was made to engage with myself (a business of thirty years on the High Street) or any of my neighbouring businesses. It seems that the enormous business rates we contribute is worth nothing.
Another statement I take issue with is “We welcome comments from our local communities…“ as I have tried to raise this with both our town clerk and our tourism officer, neither who have had the courtesy to reply (seriously, its been over ten days now, get a grip).
I could take them more seriously if they had had their scheme up and running like most other councils on June 15th when our High Street started to reopen, but no, its now mid July and the tentative shopping habits of people returning to the High Street will be changed again. What exactly have they been doing? It certainly wasn’t debating the parking issue which they seemed to scratch together on the back of a fag packet in a few minutes.
Our High Street pavement, is already double width along huge sections and leaves ample space for people to queue outside shops and pedestrians pass safely by. You only have to look at the constant queue outside Vodafone to see this is working perfectly without the need to take the parking away.
They are over a month late and are totally out of touch.
Are they aware that the scheme that is running in Malmesbury is devastating small businesses trying to survive and they are fighting to have it removed already?
It is easy to implement a scheme when someone else is paying for it, and then fall back on the “health and safety of the public” when questioned about it.
If all our shops go bust then it doesn’t matter how wide your pavements are….
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