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Telegraph wants new approach on roads
Tom Welsh writes in the Sunday Telegraph on the subject of local authority road and parking policy, criticising “anti-car dogma” that uses parking restrictions and charges to attempt to drive cars out. He claims that “custom in local shops in Cardigan rose 50% after vandals destroyed the town’s four parking machines”, and that despite calls for free or cheap parking to encourage high street shoppers, councillors “lurch to the opposite extreme”. He offers the suggestion of local road charging, “which would vary dynamically by time of day or traffic flow”, and “needn’t mean overwhelming traffic or pollution”.
The Sunday Telegraph, Page: 20

Of course, the flip side of this for us in Rayleigh is that we have an AQMA in place and need to reduce pollution in our town centre. What do you feel about this suggestion made by Tom Welsh?