Enforce car parking charges in Out of Town Shopping Centres

Proposer
PaulJRobinson
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Rejected

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-2000

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2081 days


PaulJRobinson

@PaulJRobinson - over 5 years ago

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What policies should we propose to improve the fabric of society?

What policies should we propose to improve the fabric of society?

Decline of the High Street

The local high street is in slow decline (or not so slow in some areas) whereas out of town shopping centres enjoy many unfair benefits. It is therefore proposed that all out of town shopping centres and town centre supermarkets are required to charge for their parking, with the fees generated being distributed between local authorities in the surrounding areas. Local authorities should then be encouraged to reduce the prices charged in their town centre car parks to nominal sums. This should hopefully reduce overall emissions as residents journey the much shorter distance into town, rather than to their regional shopping centre.

Local Authorities should also be encouraged to reimburse residents for any bus return ticket to the town centre. Local shops would reimburse shoppers on presentation of a return ticket when they spend £20 or more in any given shop. Each shop should claim back that sum from the local authority.

frankieroberto

@frankieroberto - over 5 years ago

This seems like a very blunt policy to me, and would penalise people in areas where there's little or no choice other than to shop at out-of-town shopping centres.

I'd rather see local authorities given the responsibility for improving high street shopping, and some additional powers to help them implement policies to help with this (such as, perhaps, a greater ability to vary business rates).

PaulJRobinson

@PaulJRobinson - over 5 years ago

Yeah I recognise this is a bit 'out there'. But thought I'd throw it into the mix!

with kind regards, Paul Robinson

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On 9 January 2014 15:47, Frankie Roberto [email protected] wrote:

This seems like a very blunt policy to me, and would penalise people in areas where there's little or no choice other than to shop at out-of-town shopping centres.

I'd rather see local authorities given the responsibility for improving high street shopping, and some additional powers to help them implement policies to help with this (such as, perhaps, a greater ability to vary business rates).

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Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

In general, I'd rather incentivise the desirable behaviour than penalise the bad. There is a lot more involved in the death of the high street, such as planning regs, etc, so I think this needs more thought. 👎 from me as it stands. Perhaps there is some research we can reference, or other outside proposals we can adopt on this issue?

philipjohn

@philipjohn - over 5 years ago

Echoing @floppy on this one 👎