BRIEF PARKING TO BE FREE IN ALL PARKING-BAYS
Town centre shops are suffering dreadfully from high business rates and online competition. Their survival is further threatened by the parking problems of potential customers. With this in mind, Eric Pickles has suggested that motorists should be allowed to park briefly on double-yellow lines. This is not such a good idea, because the double-yellow lines are there to help traffic flow. A better idea would be for motorists to be able to park free of charge for a brief time (say, 20 or 30 minutes) in any designated parking bay. Thus they would not be impeding the traffic, but they would have time for brief shopping.