Let's have lots more parking on our streets
HUMAN nature being what it is shoppers seem, basically, to want to walk as short a distance as possible to make their purchases.
Out-of-town supermarkets and superstores appear to thrive because their car driver customers can pull up for free virtually outside without any hassle.
Whereas, to reach Stroud High Street, which already has its uphill gradient against it, motorists have to pay to park some distance away and spend precious time walking to and from the shops of their desire.
You could, of course, argue, quite rightly in these times of the obesity epidemic, that the exercise in Stroud is a healthy thing.
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But it did seem ironic that this week, on one hand, councils were promoting pedestrianisation by basically banning vehicles from Stroud town centre in the daytime.
While on the other they were considering retail guru Mary Portas' review recommendations at the new Town Team Partners meeting.
Because, among government, Ms Portas' ideas is one allowing more parking spaces in town centres so they can compete with those out-of-town shopping Meccas.
Dursley, Wotton and Painswick are smaller than Stroud and, in truth, you're far more likely, any way, to be able to find a handy space for your car and nip in and out of a shop in double quick time.
But to encourage trade in Stroud itself, I'm all for bringing back parking on the streets. Lots of it. Everywhere.