A few days ago we published an article about the replacement of single yellow lines by double yellow lines in some of Camberley’s service areas. This would prohibit parking in the evenings and on Sundays.
In our article we quoted the county council’s reasons for making this change. In addition, we’ve since been contacted by The Mall’s General Manager, who has written;
“Hi David, I hope all is well with you?
I’ve been advised about the article appearing on your Camberley Eye website regarding increasing the parking restrictions in the service areas surrounding The Mall.
We requested and fully support these proposals. Over recent years people have increasingly parked without consideration in these service areas, blocking fire exits, and preventing these areas from being used for the purpose for which they are designed for, which is servicing the shops.
We have witnessed numerous delivery vehicles being unable to get to their shops, which in turn has cost the shops loss of trade due to the stock not getting to the shelves in time. We have also witnessed delivery vehicles being trapped in a service area by careless parking, which causes the retailers great inconvenience given the timescales the drivers have to operate within.
On top of this, the careless parking has meant large vehicles being forced to manoeuvre in such a way as to cause a danger to staff who may be entering or exiting their shop’s loading bays. It would only be a matter of time before someone was injured if the situation was left as it is now.
I don’t believe it is correct (or helpful) to try to associate these proposals with making car parking more expensive in Camberley, the reality is as described above.
Please feel free to publish this email.
Now you have the full picture. The changes seem completely justified.