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« on: April 13, 2018, 07:30:15 am »

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Salisbury free parking post-spy attack 'filled by commuters'

Free parking to help businesses after the nerve agent attack in Salisbury is under review after complaints commuters are taking advantage of free spaces.

Wiltshire Council brought in the benefit to tempt shoppers back after the attack on Russian ex-spy Segei Skripal and daughter Yulia on 4 March.

It said footfall in the city had dropped by 15% since the attack and coach party numbers were down 40%.

Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott said: "We've heard that early in the morning all the employees come. Rather than using the park and ride, they now come into the city because it's free. We're going to have to look at that and see how we can manage that.

"We're working with the Chamber of Commerce and the BID (Business Improvement District) to say to businesses, 'please encourage your employees to go on the park and ride' because if not we don't get the churn of shoppers in the city."

Salisbury City Council leader Matthew Dean said: "Free parking is just a piece of the puzzle. There's free buses into the city centre on selected routes. The park and ride is free.

"These are all incentives to welcome people into the city. People watch the television and see the cordon and think it must be very busy and then don't want to go, but it's actually a very tiny part of the total city.

"All the main shopping centres are open - there's only seven businesses that are closed."

I'm kinda guessing that the problem that Wiltshire Council are reporting is that the now-free car parks are being filled up, so that visitors who are also arriving by private car can't find anywhere to park?    If that's not the case, it just look like Wiltshire Council are feeling a bit sore because they feel that people (commuters) are "taking advantage of" their new free parking option in a way that Wiltshire Council hadn't allowed for when they changed the parking scheme.

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"We've heard that early in the morning all the employees come. Rather than using the park and ride, they now come into the city because it's free. We're going to have to look at that and see how we can manage that.

1. It might be a good idea for Wiltshire Council to take a look themselves rather than take the word of some reporter(s) who's story may not be totally balanced

2. No - they come into the city because the need to be there, not because it's free.

3. How about looking and seeing if something need to be managed or if it sorts itself / finds a natural position?  There seems to be a need in certain quarters to regulate, control - "We're the local government, so doing nothing is not an option"

Perhaps I'm feeling a bit jaded this morning, but the point of freeing up car parking was to encourage people to drive into town ... and now that they're doing so it seems like they're the wrong sort of people!
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 07:49:04 am »

Might be an idea to make it free parking AFTER 10:00 with a pre-free charges before that time.
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2018, 09:01:10 pm »

Ongoing, apparently - from the BBC:

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Police seal off Salisbury restaurant over 'medical incident'

Police have sealed off a restaurant in Salisbury and the surrounding area after two people were taken ill.

The ambulance service called officers to Prezzo, in High Street, at 18:45 BST following "a medical incident" involving a man and a woman.

Wiltshire Police said the cordon was a precaution while it established "what has led them to fall ill".

The ambulance service said the patients were conscious at the last update and were being treated at the scene.

South Western Ambulance Service said it was first called at 17:38 BST.

A witness reported seeing a person in a hazardous material suit in attendance.

Sam Proudfoot, 16, said: "There's a man in a full white body suit with a mask to his mouth going in and out of the back of the ambulance and the restaurant."

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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2018, 11:05:35 pm »

https://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/salisbury/plan-your-visit/car-parking-and-car-parks

This was still the parking conditions in Salisbury yesterday. I parked in Crane St at around 1030 - for free.
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2018, 01:53:34 am »

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Nearby streets were cordoned off "due to recent events" in the city, but restrictions have now been lifted.

Police say they are no longer treating the illness as a major incident.

A Wiltshire Police statement said: "Due to recent events in the city and concerns that the pair had been exposed to an unknown substance, a highly precautionary approach was taken by all emergency services."

The two people affected were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and remain under observation.
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2018, 06:23:58 am »

It would be a shame if all those Russian tourists who are only coming to see the Cathedral were put off by inadequate parking.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2018, 07:03:26 am »

As opposed to the dodgy train service from Waterloo.
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