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Funny how the pendulum swings from one silly position on this subject to another.
For several years people have been screaming at the Council to provide cheap access to the town, especially around Christmas. The opposition to this was very logical, it being premised on the need to get in parking revenue to fund services.
Finally the need to get shoppers and tourists into Wrexham to encourage the town’s traders appeared to have trumped the parking revenue emphasis. Free parking throughout December.
Far be it from me to moan about free parking but the predictable inverse effect was noted immediately. Provide free parking between 7.00 and 10.00 in the morning, especially within the town, and what you get is two things. No revenue and Car Parks full of town centre workers. The actual consequence is to deny those shoppers who want to park conveniently a parking space whilst denying the Council revenue. Of course….there is an alternative. Make the Car Parks free from 10.00am instead of 3.00pm, thus retaining work force revenue and keeping the car parks relatively free for the shoppers and tourists. They were told
- This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by Alunh.
I don’t think that you have to go as far as this Jim.
The original reasoning behind the Arts Hub scheme was to replace one of the 3 Markets, the Quarterbridge observations being that 3 Markets were not viable. The idea was to put in place a Hub that would be financially at arm’s length from the Council, sourcing its primary funding from 3rd party bodies like the Arts Council. It was assumed that the central logic of the Arts Hub was Arts provision though the Hub would be coupled with a Market component due to public pressure. A profitable entity was desirable but it was accepted right from the start that the funding formula made it less necessary for profitability to be achieved from the off. Losses would be covered from beyond the Wrexham Rate Payer and not affecting alternative budgets. Because of this, a less profit centred, tailored for the market-place Hub was projected.
Time, Jim, to ditch that approach. The Hub should hit the ground running and no units should be allowed that do not potentially or actually suggest an instant return. This is already the case where the Market traders are concerned but it should also be the case where the Arts units are as well. No Arts for Arts sake; let the Hub justify itself by its relevance and by its utilisation. This is where there are templates elsewhere and WCBC should be looking at them
There are two issues in play here, accessibility and payment.
My priority for parking and the disabled would be to maximise accessibility and to that end I would expand the times that a disabled person can access Wrexham’s main streets. In Abergavenny, they have helped revitalise the Markets by increasing the number of dedicated parking places near or in the town’s centre. This has helped reinvigorate the Markets and the Independent shops.
The payment issue is much less important than ensuring that people who find it difficult accessing the shops (and similar) can do so conveniently. It may be that a greater access policy combined with car parking charges and meters could generate funds to help offset cuts. As mentioned, there are alternative methods of helping people who have both a disability and a limited income
- This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Alunh.
Got to support the very relevant points made by Nen and MP1953.
I’ve got a shop in Bank Street. It’s hard work. It’s quite soul destroying when the remark is made that Wrexham is a dump and there’s nothing in it. Bank Street is a great example of a vibrant street and when I look at those parts of Wrexham’s retail and cafe offer that didn’t even exist a few years ago, it does make me wonder. Ok there are problems…many of them. Equally, a town that puts out the welcome mat to visitors……coming by Bus, Car, Train Bike or on Foot…..has a chance at getting better….much better.
This is not about Pedestrians vs Car drivers, Tax payers subsidising, or any such like. It’s simply about getting people into town by hook or by crook, spending money, and encouraging Business and Enterprise to flourish. Believe it or not, Entrepreneurs will invest in Wrexham but they do need to see signs of encouragement and a willingness to set the scene correctly. Bike lanes, a Bike Park, better Bus services, a Coach Park……bring them all on
September 4, 2017 at 7:48 pm in reply to: New ideas sought to help promote the Welsh language #136688
- This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Alunh.
The best way to promote the use of the Welsh language in Wales (where a huge preponderance of people living here cannot speak the language) is to avoid alienating the majority language users.
Whilst Welsh is the historic language of Wales, the current position is radically different. If, for example, job seeking English language speakers start to clock that, where public sector jobs are concerned, there is a caste system developing, there will be a reaction.
Accordingly, I would concentrate on promoting Welsh in the Arts, developing Welsh language schools where there is demand, try to get a healthy Welsh press and Welsh social media scenario going, and so on. I would avoid, however, using the approach that many are now talking about of getting “muscular” with the language
I think I understand Ferret
If foot-flow is 1000 in week 1 and goes up to 2000 in week 2 but goes down to 1500 in week 3 and back up to 2500 in week 4 and back to 2000 in week 5 and then goes to 3000…there is no upward trend…..because there has been inconsistency……even if the figures arrive at a…….upward point……simple
What utter nonsense. There is no upward trend whatsoever. There is a variation during this year i.e. my initial post.
Any increase on a weekly basis would be seasonal.
There is no upward trend.
Any upward trend detected is gleaned by comparing the year by year figures. Obviously foot-flow through any year will have seasonal patterns and weather related patterns. Shoppers are always put off by any weather extreme. Where are you actually sourcing your “authoritative” alternative to Springboard stats?
Eagles Meadow have extensive information which they do release from time to time. Around Christmas and after the changeover in their parking regime their figures released were positive. They even do foot-flow counts of the walk-ins to each part of Eagles Meadow
The week on week are also evenly split at 8 weeks going up, 8 going down. Overall the weeks that were up were more up than those going down
Springboard are actually looking at a Week on Week total and a Year on Year total, both of which are explained in the Wrexham.Com article. During any given month turnover patterns will undulate and some weeks are down on the previous week and the previous year, some are not. This is fairly simple stuff. Most shops and businesses will note how the key days in the month will impact upon foot-flow as will lots of other factors.
The bottom line for my business is that it is up on 2016
I’m not sure why there is any aggression in this discussion. I am merely reporting the facts of my own business in simple terms and my day job depends upon that business succeeding. Perhaps you would prefer if I told porkies
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