Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why bother supporting local shops in Mid Sussex?

Don't bother supporting your local shops. There is no point. If you drive and support your local shops, all you're doing is lining the pockets of Mid Sussex District Council.

MSDC and other organisations are behind a campaign willing local residents to support local traders by spending their money locally. MSDC control the local car parks, you have to pay lots of money to park. Why bother paying a lot of money to park locally for a small number of shops when Crawley is just off the A23 and has a HUGE selection of shops where the parking isn't actually that much more.

MSDC do not deserve to have us spending our money locally. They rip us off with the price of parking. If they really care for the survival of local traders, then they would offer very low rates of parking. They won't though. The district council are so careless with public funds that they need to make as much money from the car parks to replenish money from failed events like the Big Culture Show that lost in excess of £250,000 (probably nearer £350k!)

How much did MSDC care about the local traders in December when it took them a whole week to clear ther car parks of snow? December is the busiest time of the year for the retail sector, but how can they make money when people are unable to park?
It really was a shambolic situation as MSDC themselves were losing revenue from the unusable car parks. Back in the Autumn they were already reporting an expected shortfall of £500k from the car parks, so why didn't they do everything they could to make sure they are usable at all times?

Mid Sussex District Council are failing the local traders, the public, and themselves.

Do not be fooled, it's not a campaign to support the local traders, its a campaign to support Mid Sussex District council and the local car parks.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

What rubbish. MSDC charge less than most car parks and the money is needed to help keep council tax as low as possible.

Burgess Hill Webteam said...

Thank you so much for your insightful comment.

If the price of the Car Parks isn't an issue, then why are the Lib Dems calling it a stealth tax and campaigning AGAINST the parking charges?

Anonymous said...

Local shops are a vested interest - I'm not sure to what extent they benefit the local community as much as eveyone says. Tesco is a boon.

Mundyman said...

Car Park Charges: It should be called "Shopping Tax".
For those who have arrived in the town in recent years, here is what it used to be like before the creation of the dead hand of Mid Sussex:-
ALL car parks in Burgess Hill were FREE.
The demand was such that the whole of the Cyprus Road car park was full of shoppers, so an extention was provided at the higher level.
(Waitrose) car park area held the second busiest market in Sussex (Ford Airport was larger). The town was heaving. There were no empty shops, no charity shops. The Haywards Heath Building Society invited local organisation to exhibit in their window.
There were no yellow lines...they were introduced by the dead hand of Mid Sussex to force you into their shopping tax car parks, albeit only 10p per hour.

Come back Burgess Hill Urban District Council... we need you. You had the interests of the shops and shoppers at heart.

Dead beat MSDC have introduced shopping tax machines in all their car parks that dont even give change...is it legal to take money without giving change....I doubt it.

/\/\ike /\/\undy

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