I suggest a Park andRide system is set up outside the town centre to reduce traffic.Locals could have parking permits for each house.visitors would have to pay substantially to park for more than ,say, one hour on bank holidays and summer weekends reducing town centre congestion .
That is certainly a possibility if it could it be financed. Even the Ipswich Park and Rides lose money. Visitors to Aldeburgh even try and avoid paying to park by the Scallop and park in roads nearby. I suppose it might be viable on high days and holidays when maybe the school field or Kings Field could be used as for the Carnival,
Tony, I agree in principle that Park and Ride would be a good idea but if the School field or Kings Field was used as a car park for visitors thereby restricting use by local people - well, that idea may not be well-received! By the same token, my idea to annex most of the Golf Course for a Park and Ride would not be universally popular!
A charitable trust in Norwich has very successfully used "Parking Eye" at almost no cost to control parking and ensure drivers pay for parking. They retain the fines for not paying to meet the cost of the system.The Trust receives the parking income. I should add that I have no financial interest in "Parking Eye" in case anyone is suspicious!
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Thank you for your suggestion. I do not think I stay down in Aldeburgh frequently enough (and cannot drive) to be able to do so, but you are most welcome to phone me on 01603458556.
Thank you for your suggestion. I do not think I stay down in Aldeburgh frequently enough (and cannot drive) to be able to do so, but you are most welcome to phone me on 01603458556..
I disagree, if you make it inconvenient or prohibitively expensive for people to have the pleasure of visiting Aldeburgh they will go somewhere else taking their much valued custom with them.
Plz can you give some funding to the go with the flow youth bus cause they have run out of funding so we have nothing to do as teenagers, also can u put a skate park in Aldeburgh you can put it next to the half pipe at kings field PLEASE im so bored !!
I understand the importance of a Neighbourhood Plan for Aldeburgh and it is reasonable to develop a Town Plan to feed into it, however last night's meeting gave me some cause for concern. I think the Steering Groups will have to be very active in going out to reach the many sections of the town not at the meeting. Perhaps, before the questionaire is prepared, small groups of people should go to The Fairfield Centre, to the school when parents are collecting their children, to go to the Com Centre when the Aldeburgh Football club play or practise, to the Com Centre at different times to make contact with the groups that meet there. There are more places but I won't list them all here. If the SG does not make positive effeorts to reach all residents then the whole exercise will be worthless. I would be happy to help with this.
Thanks for your posting Celia. What a pity that you felt the meeting gave you cause for concern and I wish you had felt able to raise your concerns with me directly at or after the meeting so that we could have discussed them and your kind offer of help. The feedback from participants after the meeting and throughout today has been very encouraging but we are certainly not perfect and more can always be done. You'll be pleased to know that for a number of the organisations you quote we have plans in place. As I tried to emphasise to the attendees last night we want to criss-cross as many elements of our community as we can in as many ways as we can before we produce the questionnaire. We have had a series of neighbours and individuals to tea and coffee for example in part because they do not want to attend, nor sometimes speak at, public meetings or are physically unable to do so easily. We plan to hold the topic-based series of mini "town halls" in a variety of venues including the Fairfield Centre. Engaging with and encouraging the younger population is a high priority and we must continue all our efforts on this front - suggestions from yesterday include e.g. a Facebook page. We are making direct links with the youth club to suggest a pizza and chat session. We have appointments to meet and talk with all the sports and leisure clubs, including the footballers. The time available yesterday did not allow a full roll call of meetings held but I think we should publish our list on the website and this might reassure you that we are making very positive efforts. I totally refute your claim that the exercise will be worthless. You have my personal email please let me know how best you think you could help because we want as many volunteers involved as we can get.
Lynn, I made a couple of points during the meeting and had to leave immediately after the meeting. I don't think it is a worthless exercise by any means. I know a great deal will be gained from it. What is very interesting about Aldeburgh is that there are any number of groups who have never crossed paths with other groups. I met a friend after the meeting, she has lived in Aldeburgh all her life, her children attend the Primary School, she gets out and about but she had not heard of anyone on the steering group nor anything about the Town Plan. My point is the need to go out to meet residents where they go, be it the Playgroup or The Railway Inn. The stats showing 21% of the population is aged between 30 (??) and 54 was very interesting and perhaps a bigger percentage than some might have thought, many of them are local people, working, with families who will often struggle to attend meetings.
I am very, very happy to help in any way, including going anywhere, including the pubs to talk to people about the Town Plan. I should have put on my contact slip that the 10 years on the Town Council included much work on affordable housing and two surveys!
Celia, thanks for your useful suggestions which we will discuss on Thursday at our next Steering Group meeting when we will also plan action on all the ideas coming out of Saturday's public meeting, that's why it was so useful. We will be in touch to discuss a list of actions for you. Involvement in Housing is very useful and as we launch that group we will invite you to share your experience and information.
I agree with your comments, Celia and would be happy to share the load and/or accompany you if you do "do the rounds".
I am a newby but am happy to get involved in community matters where I can. Partly because I'm nosey and frightened of missing something but mostly because I've always been involved in charitable and social activities.
Lynne has my contact details if you want them
I understand the Electoral register is being used to distribute the questionnaire. If I, or other people have opted out of being on the mailing list version of the register, will they still get a questionnaire? If people are not on the register but live in Aldeburgh what should they do? Thanks.
No the electoral role is not being used. We will distribute the questionnaire to each house in the town.
I have just completed the questionaire and have been reading the informative web pages here. I have lived in Aldeburgh on and off since I was 10 years old (I am now in my mid-fifties) but currently am a part-time resident, this is to say I am here roughly 3-4 days a week.
I have been particularly interested in the comments on the charms of Aldeburgh and parking. The two are linked in my opinion. The fact is the economy of Aldeburgh is no longer based around fishing and ship building. The Town survives because of tourism and tourists mainly visit because of its charms. Be very careful therefore not to kill the goose!
I have spent most of my working life in the retail sector. One of Aldeburgh's charms is the vibrancy and diversity of the retail offering by numerous independent stores. Compared to the vast majority of high streets in the UK, Aldeburgh High Street thrives. Aldeburgh is lucky to have a wide boulevard style high street with plenty of room for everyone. It is faily unique too in that it has shops interspersed with residences, which other towns would love to copy. I have seen numerous high streets, pedestrianised, parking restrictions everywhere, containing empty pubs and boarded up shops - havens for petty crime.
Day trippers, weekenders and holiday makers come to Aldeburgh in the main by car and need to be able to park. And they want to park near to where they will be staying, shopping or eating. Most of the time people act reasonably and traffic generally has a pretty good way of sorting itself out. An equilibrium is reached. Inevitably of course some anti-social parking will occasionally occur and this should be dealt with firmly by the authorities.
I habitually visit the High Street to shop but rarely by car as I live on the edge of town and therefore walk or cycle. But occasionally I too have the need to park in the centre of Town and enjoy the fact it is not overly restrictive.
I generally support the idea of a Town Plan and I really do appreciate it will be a difficult task to achieve a balance between aspiration and deliverability.
Thanks Robert for your very useful comments.
Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the debate Robert we really value all the input we have received - your final sentence says it all and we will give it our best shot!
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