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May 31

Parking is a hot topic whenever the Town Council is involved. There is however never any plan to reduce the need for parking.


I often get asked questions about my electric bike. How about organising test cycles so that people can try out the different ones on the hills of Shaftesbury? Are there any suppliers who might be interested in demonstrating their models? Each time someone cycles to the High Street they are leaving a car parking space for someone for whom this is not an option.

Jun 10

Good point, Lynne. If it were easier, cheaper and safer to get public transport or cycle/walk into the town, then I'm sure a lot more folk would choose to do so.

So bring it to the attention of the town council by telling them at their next meeting on 18 June and make sure you feed your comment into Shaftesbury's neighbourhood plan due out for consultation on 15 July.

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