When I first read about the proposed ‘new look’ Market Place, a picture of tranquility was conjured, involving people walking, sitting, having a drink and generally enjoying the centre of town, the Stump and the lovely old historical buildings.
We are sure we read somewhere that this market refurbishment was to be ‘pedestrian-friendly’. Well, excuse our ignorance, but which part of ‘pedestrian-friendly’ did we not understand? What on earth is this space? Is it a road, a car park, or a market place? It cannot possibly be all three. On the parking of cars, is there something wrong with able-bodied people in the town that they cannot walk a short distance from one of the many car parks? In our opinion, the only cars allowed to park there at all should be those driven by the disabled. It cannot possibly be left as it is – it really is an accident waiting to happen. It is a free-for-all, with cars driving around looking for a space to park and the pedestrian, as usual, taking second place, having to quickly decide the safest method of getting from one side to the other. As if that is not bad enough, cars are still driving through the area on a market day. Those responsible for the planning of this ridiculous waste of public money should resign and choose another profession. When is the council going to admit the ‘new look’ Market Place is a complete farce? Or, better still, do something about it and make this space somewhere to enjoy in safety?
Margaret and Robert Dunkley