Friday, March 23, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Silver Hill development goes before Planning
As there is much public interest in this planning application I thought it would be useful to mention that it will be heard by a special meeting of the City's Planning Development Control Committee at the United Church, Jewry Street, on Tuesday 27th March beginning at 9.00am.
Members of the public are welcome to speak at this meeting, subject to certain restrictions – interested people should contact the Public Speaking Co-ordinator prior to 4.00pm Thursday 22 March 2007 on (01962) 848 339 for details and to register to speak.
Friday, March 02, 2007
"Green" Tories show their true colours
At Wednesday's budget meeting, the Conservatives voted through parking proposals which threaten to increase congestion, increase CO2 emissions and decrease air quality in the city centre. They've combined a big hike in parking charges at the Park & Ride - dramatically reducing the saving that this represents vs. city centre parking - with the reintroduction of 'first half hour free' for on street city centre parking. This has the effect of:
- Encouraging more people to drive to the centre - rather than using the Park & Ride
- Encouraging an increased number of short trips into the centre - rather than fewer longer trips
- Encouraging people to drive around looking for parking meters - rather than parking quickly
All of which will have a negative effect on congestion, emissions and air quality.
Their argument for this change is that it will help a subset of small businesses such as "locksmiths, dry cleaners and sandwich shops". Quite aside from the complete lack of any thought about the impact of this change on the environment, it's a pretty feeble argument economically too. There are plenty of small businesses that benefit from longer trips (such as cafes for example) and, if anything, these are likely to suffer as a result of these changes.