I think my experiences of food shopping in Nottingham city centre have not been typical of elsewhere in the UK. Yes, toilet paper seems very scarce. I’ve had to buy nan bread rather than fresh bread. Eggs were short 2 days ago but there was plenty where I went today. – I’m a tad reluctant to be critical of other shoppers, partly cos I have not witnessed a problem (obviously I have not seen the worst of it), and because in part people are working to be ready for going into isolation for 14 days, in case, just as the Gov’t req’d, and possibly buying for other families. – Now OK, I did buy a pack of 18 toilet rolls, but that was 3 weeks ago, and the offer was a tempting one. (I wish now that I’d kept the receipt; I didn’t panic buy, honest; and if they sell in packs of 9s, 12s, 18s and more, product sales are gonna soon clear a shelf). (I do wonder why arrangements haven’t been made for health workers to get certain products at their workplace, but I don’t know enough.)
Three local primary schools, Lord Mayor Rosemary Healy and Bridges Community Trust putting on stalls and dressing as pantomime characters. Highlight – Victoria school singing “Golden Slumbers” – did not expect that.
In essence, requiring people who have their car parked between 8am and 10am to pay £4 and take their car away again after 2 hours, and to pay by RINGGO, the aim is to give the car park back to shoppers and visitors to the medical centre.
Arriving between 10am requires registration, but can be free for 2 hours.
After noon, there is no need to register.
Just erecting the signs has reduced the abuse of the 3 car parks. Now we watch and listen to see how well the changes work, and whether the hours need to be tweaked and the charges increased from the levels applied in neighbouring streets like Crocus Street.
I have wanted to see this abuse stopped since my election to represent The Meadows 8 years. ago,
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.
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.