Car Parking

I'm often put off going to Douglas town centre as I know I'll spend much of my time looking for a parking space in vain. Often it is much easier to shop online. Doing this only benefits the postal service and other carriers. Areas such as Villiers Square, and Summerland are left empty for decades when they could readily become car parking facilities, even temporarily for a nominal £1 charge for a 2 or 3 hour stay. Summerland could become park and ride deal in conjunction with the horse trams during the Summer months. This would encourage shoppers to to the town centre. When parking on the promenade is permitted during the Christmas period, there is still a shortage of parking. Those people do not go on holiday for the remainder of the year, they just shop online instead.

Why the contribution is important

I'm tired of being asked to shop local when it is made difficult to do so. Personally, I work out of town and regularly do 50-60 hours per week, and so if I am hoping to get to town during a lunch break, I really don't want to spend half of that time looking for a parking space. Shopping local does benefit the economy, but Douglas Borough needs to make this as easy as possible for people. If sufficient space and facilities cannot be found within Douglas, then a shopping mall complex outside of Douglas needs to be built that is condusive to shopping within the time constraints of modern working life.

by Manxandloud on April 11, 2017 at 11:05AM

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  • Posted by Manxcat April 11, 2017 at 12:56

    Do more to encourage cycling, plus out of town carparks with shuttle bus service, and expensive in-town parking on weekdays for more than the time it takes to go shopping (2or 3 hours?) to discourage car commuting in town.
  • Posted by lsj April 12, 2017 at 00:54

    Agreed, I often think about going into town, but the thought of trying to park anywhere near where I want to be puts me off, so I buy online instead. I am very much for paying to park on the prom - £1 an hour would be reasonable.
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