Petition launched to tackle parking problems in Bishop Auckland

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A PETITION has been launched in an effort to get free parking for Bishop Auckland.

Councillor Lesley Zair set it up online with the aim of reaching at least 5,000 signatures after raising concerns over the future of struggling independent businesses in the town centre.

She is urging Durham County Council to provide some free parking, even just for a few hours, in the run up to Christmas and into the New Year.

At Bishop Auckland Town Council meeting on Tuesday (December 10), coun Lesley Zair said: “I started this for the people of Bishop Auckland and nothing else. We need these signatures to make them stand up and listen to us. I have done it because otherwise we are not going to get anywhere.

Councillors had mixed feelings about the possible success of a petition, with some criticising whether there was a need to highlight negative issues in the town while others claimed they had tried in the past to get free parking but without success.

Referring to an article in The Northern Echo on Tuesday, December 10, Councillor John Lethbridge said: “This issue has been raised over the years. I feel her (coun Zair) points were well made.”

“I am all supportive of the town,” said Councillor Lee Brownson. “I am trying to promote a positive place but it was a negative article.”

Councillor Ann Golightly said: “I brought this up four or five years ago I didn’t get any support for it.”

Councillor Sam Zair added: “I have been bringing this up every year.”

To sign the petition visit yousign.org and search free parking in Bishop Auckland.

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10:52pm Sun 15 Dec 13

CLANSMAN says...

Bishop auckland started its own demise when it started to charge for parking in the town. This didn't affect shoppers but the humble worker that had to make an honest days living and working in bishop auckland and had to either find a free space out of the usual car park and park in a risky area hoping it was okay after work or feed the meter slot . People started to shop elsewhere in free towns or out of modern retail parks and also followed the workers as that's where new jobs where created, and hence old shopping centres and high streets started to become what they are now ... Empty
Bishop auckland started its own demise when it started to charge for parking in the town. This didn't affect shoppers but the humble worker that had to make an honest days living and working in bishop auckland and had to either find a free space out of the usual car park and park in a risky area hoping it was okay after work or feed the meter slot . People started to shop elsewhere in free towns or out of modern retail parks and also followed the workers as that's where new jobs where created, and hence old shopping centres and high streets started to become what they are now ... Empty CLANSMAN

11:03pm Sun 15 Dec 13

CLANSMAN says...

Bishop has had it's day
Whom would think that old tindale crescent would have changed so much and become what it is today ... Grid locked Busy
Maybe the councillors should have had the vision years ago and when they had the chance and modernise
Old ok garage is an eyesore that could easily be turned into free overspill car parking They had the chance for a retail park but it was just dreams
And those new car parking wardens don't even make bishop a nice place to try to visit
Dropped my family off for an event in the own hall and the warden was just walking around the market lurking for its next victim. Sad but true
I returned after 6 for the free parking and watched the show event in the town hall after 7. Really enjoyed it and came out at nine and for a Saturday night I couldn't believe how quiet it was, dead. I used to working on a weekend in bishop 20 years ago and it would be heaving in the pubs walking up and down
Shopping trade gone and so has he night life... And the boy racers
How times change
Bishop has had it's day Whom would think that old tindale crescent would have changed so much and become what it is today ... Grid locked Busy Maybe the councillors should have had the vision years ago and when they had the chance and modernise Old ok garage is an eyesore that could easily be turned into free overspill car parking They had the chance for a retail park but it was just dreams And those new car parking wardens don't even make bishop a nice place to try to visit Dropped my family off for an event in the own hall and the warden was just walking around the market lurking for its next victim. Sad but true I returned after 6 for the free parking and watched the show event in the town hall after 7. Really enjoyed it and came out at nine and for a Saturday night I couldn't believe how quiet it was, dead. I used to working on a weekend in bishop 20 years ago and it would be heaving in the pubs walking up and down Shopping trade gone and so has he night life... And the boy racers How times change CLANSMAN

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