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Fighting to protect the town centre Local Southfields councillors Paul Mercer and Ted Parton (pictured) have attended a meeting of the council’s Loughborough Area Committee which met on 18 August. One of the issues discussed by the committee was the ‘master plan’ for Loughborough. During the consultative stage residents and business owners were asked whether they agreed with the pedestrianisation of Bedford Square with the removal of many of the parking spaces. “This idea provoked a sharp response”, observed Ted, “and I know that many residents and shopkeepers submitted comments expressing their profound disagreement with the idea”. As a consequence, the proposal was rejected when the master plan was finalised in March 2018 and ratified by Cabinet on 12 April 2018. As part of this process, Charnwood has allocated £390,000 in its Capital plan 2018-21 for “potential improvements” to the Bedford Square Gateway”. As well as a general improvement in the area, one of the changes will be a widening of the pavements which will mean a slight reduction in the number of disabled parking spaces – a move welcomed by local shopkeepers. “In discussing these proposals with shopkeepers”, commented Paul, “it was quite clear that they believed – and rightly in my opinion – it was critical to maintain as many parking spaces in the vicinity of Bedford Square as possible. Many of the shops depended upon people being able to drive into the area, leave their car for a short period of time, and visit one of the businesses. Take away the parking and you take away the trade. Unfortunately, Charnwood’s planners seem to be unaware of the need to maintain the ability to park as close as possible to the shops and instead seemed mesmerised by a desire to stop cars driving down Wards End into the centre of town.” Paul and Ted will continue to fight to represent the interests of residents and shopkeepers and resist these attempts at further pedestrianisation in the town centre.   ,  
Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
This site only uses cookies in order to collect anonymous usage data for Google Analytics and StatCounter. By using this site we assume that you are happy to receive cookies.
Fighting to protect the town centre Local Southfields councillors Paul Mercer and Ted Parton (pictured) have attended a meeting of the council’s Loughborough Area Committee which met on 18 August. One of the issues discussed by the committee was the ‘master plan’ for Loughborough. During the consultative stage residents and business owners were asked whether they agreed with the pedestrianisation of Bedford Square with the removal of many of the parking spaces. “This idea provoked a sharp response”, observed Ted, “and I know that many residents and shopkeepers submitted comments expressing their profound disagreement with the idea”. As a consequence, the proposal was rejected when the master plan was finalised in March 2018 and ratified by Cabinet on 12 April 2018. As part of this process, Charnwood has allocated £390,000 in its Capital plan 2018-21 for “potential improvements” to the Bedford Square Gateway”. As well as a general improvement in the area, one of the changes will be a widening of the pavements which will mean a slight reduction in the number of disabled parking spaces – a move welcomed by local shopkeepers. “In discussing these proposals with shopkeepers”, commented Paul, “it was quite clear that they believed – and rightly in my opinion – it was critical to maintain as many parking spaces in the vicinity of Bedford Square as possible. Many of the shops depended upon people being able to drive into the area, leave their car for a short period of time, and visit one of the businesses. Take away the parking and you take away the trade. Unfortunately, Charnwood’s planners seem to be unaware of the need to maintain the ability to park as close as possible to the shops and instead seemed mesmerised by a desire to stop cars driving down Wards End into the centre of town.” Paul and Ted will continue to fight to represent the interests of residents and shopkeepers and resist these attempts at further pedestrianisation in the town centre.   ,