5,000 Signatures On Parking Meter Petition
7:37am 17th September 2013
(Updated 5:26pm 17th September 2013)
A controversial plan to install parking metres in Bridport is due to be discussed by town councillors today (Tuesday 17th September).
Shoppers can currently park for free for up to an hour in the centre of town.
But the County Council say introducing ticket machines will improve traffic flow and encourage more people into town.
But proposals have met stiff opposition from local businesses, residents and politicians who say it will have a negative impact on trade and market day.
Chair of Bridport's Market Traders Forum Roy Gregory has gained 5,000 signatures against a move and hopes town councillors will take their concerns to the top:
"I've taken the petition and the campaign to a level where we can show it has a vast amount of support. It's now up to local politicians to move forward with that."
Roy told Wessex FM he fears people will be put off coming into Bridport if the Council start charging people to park:
"From the people I've been collecting petitions from, who come from all over this area, they say they come to Bridport and West Bay because they know they can come and park for an hour free. I had a couple who came from Yeovil who said, they chose not to go over to Dorchester because they have to pay."