Letter: We just want a level playing field

February 07 2013

Julie Stiddard states in her letter in January’s issue of Keynshamvoice that it has been a “struggle” to stop herself from writing to letter pages until now.

We just want a level playing field

Julie Stiddard states in her letter in January’s issue of Keynshamvoice that it has been a “struggle” to stop herself from writing to letter pages until now.

Well, I’m afraid her letter was so missing the point of why free parking in Keynsham is needed that she came across as having an “I’m all right Jack” attitude.

Ok, so some of the points she makes are valid such as paying for the upkeep and cars being left while their owners work elsewhere.

However, free parking is not a “luxury” but an essential part of attracting  people into Keynsham to shop. We have far too few businesses in our High Street as it is without having to pay for the privilege to shop here.

The 40p charge is not the issue. The overall point being missed here, is that while Keynsham has a parking charge the rest of B&NES’ towns and villages do not.

All we ask for is equality, a level playing field. Either all car parks within B&NES’ remit charge or they are all free. Why should Keynsham be the exception to the rule?

John Howlett,

Keynsham