Have Your Say: Give traders some leeway
CONGRATULATIONS must be awarded to Swansea Council for yet again scoring an own goal for booking a trader for parking while unloading his goods.
Talk about robbing Peter ( the motorist) to pay Paul (the traffic warden, if that's his name) I would have thought that the traffic wardens would have applied a little common sense (Post, Sept 19) instead of being over zealous in catching yet another 'small fish'. It doesn't appear that the council are being exactly truthful when they say they are doing all they can to make Swansea the city in which to shop. For the council to claim, bizarrely, that there is extra temporary car parking at the newly created St David's surface car park. Does this mean that the council expect city traders to carry their goods and stock for sale, half a mile to their outlet?
We welcomed the councils' enterprising loyalty card originally, but feel its use will be of little or no advantage, or severely restricted, if participating traders are driven from the city by what appears to be an almost non-existent transgression. Are the traffic wardens trained to clear the city of any vehicle, street parked, for what may be only 10 minutes or less in a full working day, allowing absolutely no leeway, whatever the explanation, if this is the case very shortly there will be no city traders offering their goods to city customers.
Several have already felt aggrieved to the point of packing up and moving out to, Cardiff. Cardiff? For goodness sake! I ask you.
So for the sake of any flimsy future for the city traders, translate your loose talk and hollow rhetoric, promises into concrete fact. Today's traders need more than enthusiastic comments, they desperately need the council to acknowledge their council tax contribution before they disappear.
R O Nicholls