M&S and Scunthorpe town centre
Now that the completion and settlement of the Marks & Spencer situation appears to be finalised and building works can be started, we can now look forward to what most people wanted.
It only requires for North Lincolnshire Council to implement drastic changes to the Berkeley Circle road situation to solve some of the road problems.
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A new access and road can surely be made on Scotter Road adjacent to the railway Viaduct opposite the road exit of Brumby Wood Lane. At present there is a farm road down by the railway embankment towards the back of the football ground that could be up graded to a proper road into the rear of the new proposed M & S area without touching the main A18 road.
It has been clear for a long period that much of the anguish of losing M & S and other shops from Scunthorpe town centre could have been somewhat avoided if the local businesses and the previous Labour Council had acknowledged that the main problem was the charging and harassment of motorists to park.
Why business and the Council refuse to acknowledge that we are in a motorists world and environment and car parking charges in town centres is old hat and way out of date.
Apart from being harassed by traffic wardens and out of date machines which no one really requires or wants, it is pure rubbish and only helps to drive people away from town centres.
Whilst I am no lover of out of town shopping areas and rarely go in any case, just being able to drive in to them without hassle and no direct payment is what shoppers require to the detriment of Scunthorpe town centre.
I cannot for the life of me understand why the businesses and shop owners in Scunthorpe have not agreed with the council to either purchase or lease all the car parks in Scunthorpe and open them up without direct charge to motorists in an attempt to encourage people to shop in the town.
Surely all town businesses could raise the money to do this by levying a charge based on turnover and then obviously it would be up to individual shops to try and recover their costs on their prices if need be. That obviously is partly what supermarkets and out of town shops already do or similar.
Another alternative is for the council to throw open all the car parks in Scunthorpe if we are really serious about having a town.
Whatever the outcome it is clear that out of town shopping areas without car parking charges have been with us for many years are growing and here to stay.
Personally I hope and trust that either the Scunthorpe town businesses or the Council will agree one way or another to parking in line with out of town areas, stop harassing the motorists and really encourage people back into Scunthorpe before it is too late, if we haven't already reached that point.