Shropshire Council’s decision to...how to put this...? Well, to frankly listen to me and open up Meole Brace park and ride for football fans attending Shrewsbury Town night matches appears to have been vindicated
As experiments go, I would say that was pretty successful.
Shropshire Council’s decision to...how to put this...? Well, to frankly listen to me and open up Meole Brace park and ride for football fans attending Shrewsbury Town night matches appears to have been vindicated (check for yourselves, the facts are there. My suggestion that Meole Brace be opened up came BEFORE the council announcement).
On each occasion the car park has been opened this season, hundreds of motorists have taken advantage of the free parking.
‘So what?’ you may ask.
Well, I would bet my bottom dollar that many of those are people who would normally have thought twice about attending because of the parking problems, and therefore that is extra money being brought into the economy.
Others, I’d wager, are people who would normally risk parking at Meole Brace retail park (apparently taking up spaces for shoppers - although not really) or even parking up in residential streets near the Meadow, to the annoyance of the people living there.
Council leader Keith Barrow (who has been very keen to take to Twitter pretending it was his idea not mine - nudge nudge, wink wink) reported that for the final night game of the season on Tuesday 465 cars used the facility (although his maths leaves a little to be desired - he claims that at two people per car that makes more than 1,200 people. Umm...are you sure?)
But, Countdown audition failures aside, hopefully the success will encourage the council to repeat the scheme throughout next season.
I know I’m probably asking a bit too much (after all the parking IS free) but it would be nice to see it marshalled as well. The only gripe I have is that at leaving time, far too many inconsiderate drivers chose to leave via the road clearly signed NO EXIT, both cutting up drivers who were leaving by legitimate means and putting supporters walking back to their cars at risk.
And while I'm asking too much, any chance of the council and the club getting together and arranging for the pathway alongside the ground to be properly paved and lit so we're not all tripping over the loose stones or getting covered in mud every time it rains?
But like I say, these are minor gripes. A wish list. A perfect world Over all the move has been a triumph. The take-up of the offer proves that.
And so, Shrewsbury Town fans, Mr Barrow, I have just two words left for you.