Posted by Lewis on the 8th May 2009
The rise in car park charges is, in my view, going to take trade from an already struggling town centre and cause problems with people parking in residential areas causing congestion.
I feel it especially unfair that charges have been bought in at the Ynys as people will be less likely to use trains.
Congestion and bad parking are the result around the railway station causing chaos in Robertstown near the creche.
I do not oppose parking charges but to treble rates in car parks seems unfair.
I very doubt that public opinion will change how the car parks are charged, in Rhondda Cynon Taff. Bureaucrats make the decisions about these things and it is not our place to question their motives. The definition of bureaucrat is: an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment.
I have lived in Aberdare for seven years now. I left an area with high parking charges (Nuneaton, Warwickshire) and found that Aberdare, Mountain Ash and Merthyr were a joy to visit, because of the amount of free and low priced parking. Sadly though, it seems that South Wales authorities have become like the English ones, greedy. It is a damned shame.
I was shocked to see the price hike in Aberdare. (from 20p per hour to 60p!!) I, for one, will NOT go into the town centre for a leisurely browse again. I will stick to ASDA and TESCO for ALL my requirements. They have the right idea towards customer care.
The people walking through the town centres of Aberdare and Mountain Ash are ALL customers and should be treated as a boon to the local economy and enticed into the town with free parking, not punished with parking charges and fines. Treat us with respect, Aberdare and Mountain Ash, and help keep the economy healthy.
Having been to Merthyr and Pontypridd this week, and saw how busy both towns were. Going into Aberdare at the end of the week, how very quiet it was. I cannot believe the change in our town to Merthyr and Pontypridd. We used to be a bustling town, now it's only a ghost town compared to the others. It's about time all car park charges were completely abolished, to encourage people from other places to come to Aberdare. What on earth is Tesco doing in charging for the car park. The store is more or less new after the refurbishment, people want to use it - but not when they are charged for parking!!
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