Free car parking at Bridgeway Centre

Yet again, I’ve been selected for a Conservative party advert via Facebook. What have I done to deserve this?

No doubt Facebook friends can tell me on the validity of their proposal for free parking in Hucknall to support their High Street.  

Gedling Labour Cllr make a big fuss over what they provide. We have free parking in The Meadows for our shopping centre. It’s so popular that commuters from offices 6 blocks away or more are taking advantage.  

But I would be intrigued to know – 
– how much would this subsidy cost? 
– how do they know that only shoppers will benefit?
– are private suppliers of parking going to be asked to provide the same benefit?
– have they thought about subsidising public transport to bring shoppers in?

I’m surprised that the evidence for the success of free car parking is – “We saw over the ** Christmas period ** … how busy Hucknall High Street was.” Er, OK, I wonder if there were any special circumstances?
But the reason I wanted to comment on this is – 
— maybe the High Street would be more successful if AMAZON etc. PAID PROPER TAXES.
— maybe local cafes would fare better if cafe chains PAID FAIR TAXES, and weren’t about to get 2% off Corporation tax – something that could be worth £60m a year to Nottingham if it was given to local gov’t.  

Time for the Conservative government and Conservative MPs (such as the one in the video) to stand up properly for local businesses.

Meanwhile, how to manage Bridgeway Shopping Centre? Too many people are using the car parks for work, including people walking to major offices some six blocks away and more.
We want to entourage quick visits to the centre for people to use the shops and the medical centre. So that means enforcement on everyone else. Requiring everybody to collect a ticket, paying or not, deters visitors, and there are easier ways to enforce. RINGGO requires people to display a permit or register their presence using an app on their mobile phone – and there are 25 million people registered, and 95% of car drivers have a mobile phone. Suggesting a free stay for 3 hours, to cover those visiting the (busy) hairdressers. For those who find the technology difficult, the offer of being able to register the car at the medical centre.
We’d probably look at people being able to park again at the centre some 5 hours after a first visit.
People could still pay, so the rates need to reflect parking spaces nearby such as on Crocus Street, and the workplace parking levy.
Finally, we had a mix-up on parking spaces for businesses and shops. We wanted to prioritise the ability to load and unload. But the solution for loading meant a loss of space for employee parking. So we’ll be exploring how each shop can have a free permit and how they can share permits and pay for others. The precise proposal has not been worked out cos we want a meeting. with the businesses.


Bridgeway Shopping Centre Christmas Lights switch on 2018

The 3 local primary schools were there, singing and surrounded by parents transfixed on videoing the proceedings.  
I then gave the microphone to a 4 year old who had clearly wanted to join in.  
The lights were switched on by Lord Mayor Liaqat Ali.
The Co-Op provided food and 4 or 5 stalls ran tombolas and sold mall gifts.
The birds of prey were very cute.  
Bridges Community Trust ran their Christmas event and I understand their grotto was very popular.  

Fight in a car park

Two sets of young men have picked a fight in the south-western car park of Bridgeway shopping centre.
Two men were injured, with knife wounds to the neck and to the hand.
[Somewhat of a contrast to posts on social media that said 2 men had been killed.]
The fight took place just before noon on 4th April, out of sight of the obvious cameras covering the shopping centre – no doubt, no coincidence.
The car park was closed for most of the afternoon.
Police have been visiting the area in the search for witnesses.

Bridgeway Shopping Centre Christmas Lights switch on 2016

Big numbers (perhaps 300) for a fun event;
Kids from the 3 local primary schools singing festive songs; and being rewarded with a mince pie and a drink.

Fuller details on Facebook.

Thanks from Cllr. Nicola Heaton and myself to –
Cllr Jackie Morris, Sheriff of Nottingham;  Abdul Ghaffer, Parbnder Singh, Prairie Byrant; and other support from Nottingham City Council; street cleaners; Marc Nelson and SSE; children and staff from Welbeck, Victoria and Greenfields schools; children and staff from Open Day Nursery; parents, carers and residents who attended; Meadows Partnership Trust and community activists; uniformed officers; Sainsbury’s for food and drink for the kids; and everyone who contributed.

Bridgeway Shopping Centre metalwork removed

More open now the metal structures have been removed.
IMG_0050ma0560h BSC signs and metalwork montageThe metalwork celebrated the railway arches than ran over the site of the current shopping centre.
They were gonna cost more to sand-blast and re-paint than remove; we took repeated soundings with the shops and they supported the move.
The planned removal has been in my reports for a little while now and was rehearsed at tenants and residents’ meetings.