FOLLOWING calls from the community secretary to reduce parking charges to revitalise town centres, Uttoxeter residents have spoken out about parking charges in the town centre.
The community secretary Eric Pickles has called to make town centres more car-friendly by reducing parking charges and stopping local councils from cashing in on parking fines, in a move to bring business back to the high street.
Uttoxeter residents are speaking out in favour of free parking to rejuvenate the town centre, and have reported continuous problems with parking machines at the Maltings adding to the parking problems.
Trevor Smith, of West Hill, Uttoxeter said: “I would like to appeal for my £1 fee which I lost last Saturday.
“As usual the machine near to Motorworld was out of action again.
“I walked across to the other machine, tapped in my registration number, inserted my pound and lost it.
“The coin chamber was full of jammed coins and the reject button jammed in too, so no money could be returned.
“No wonder people are avoiding the town centre.
“Lots of other people fell into the same unfortunate trap.
“I actually wrote a warning on the back of an old ticket and stuck it over the coin slot to help other people avoid losing their hard earned money.
“To the council - can I have my other quid back please?
“Personally the car park belongs to me and thousands of other tax payers and should be free.
“Follow the Eric Pickles ethos - reduce parking charges, scrap them, or at least sort your clapped out parking meters.”
Craig Rogers, via Facebook, said: “The town centre has very little to offer any shoppers.
“I think to try and bring back people and businesses to the town centre the parking charges have to be scrapped and absorbed.
“Why would you pay to park in the town centre when there are very little useful shops, when you can park for free on the retail park and have more options for shopping there?”
Hannah Whiston, via Facebook, said: “The parking machines seem to be always out of order and sometimes two of them can be out of order, leaving just one working one.
“I used to visit town at least three times a week, I now visit town once a week or even once every ten days after the price went up.”