In October 2015, I wrote this article 1 hour? 3 hours? Parking Rules at Co-operative Food and Fryern Arcade in Chandler’s Ford.
Today I’m going to talk about parking in Hiltingbury.
We visited the bakery in Hiltingbury on Hiltingbury Road two days ago and saw these signs:
“Thank you for understanding and appreciating that the spaces outside the Bakery are for customers. Thanks.” This sign with a rather cute handwriting is stuck in the bush.
Two more formal signs are on the walls, one to the side of the shop, and one at the back of the bakery. I understood that these signs have been put up quite recently.
I came home and read the sign more carefully. This sign about parking enforcement is linked to a company called Parking Awareness Services Ltd.
Yesterday morning we went to The Picture Framing Shop further up the road, and before we parked, we saw a few signs, which were pinned to the yew tree. This tree has been famously mentioned in this article by Rick Goater about the journal of his grandmother, Joan Adelaide Goater: Forty Years in Chandler’s Ford – a Journal (Part 3).
These signs have been there for quite some time. According to the signs, the parking is managed by UK Car Park Management.
There must be some reasons why traders put up signs like these. I believe they want customers to park there, and shop there. Imagine if many people park their car there at the few precious spaces, and then cross the road and take their dogs for a long walk around the lakes for hours. This misuse of the parking space is not going to help the local businesses there.
However there might also be negative impacts if these signs are interpreted differently by customers. Many local people visit the Hiltingbury shops to do a range of things, for example, to get newspapers from Andersons News, to get prescription from Day Lewis Pharmacy, or to get fresh produce from Bay Leaves Larder, or buy some bread and cakes from Marshalls Bakery and coffee shop. Customers might find it easier if they could park at any spare spaces available as the shops there are connected as a community in a way.
There are many cars in Chandler’s Ford, but parking spaces are always limited, and sometimes parking can be very stressful. I found parking at Tesco on Ashdown Road extremely challenging because I can’t park very well in tight spaces. I tend to walk whenever possible.
Finally I hope all of us continue to support our local shops and local businesses.