Understandable? Well yes, especially to the local residents who are affected (I don't intend to, and cannot pretend it is good for them!) but there is an overall benefit to the town's retailers which will only become evident as the scheme kicks in.
Anyone who has been involved in the trawl up and down the back streets looking for somewhere to park while nipping in to a couple of shops will know they have spent a considerable amount of fuel, usually before ending up parking in a car park anyway.
Why are these one hour street car parking spaces full? Is it the mass of customers in town? Actually no - there are no free spots for the customers - they have been taken up by those people working all day in town and with no controls on parking they are abused and the same car sits there all day.
Once these spaces become free on 12th November, customers will be able to pay 20p for 20 minutes parking. That is less than the cost of petrol in driving round town looking for a free spot. Plus these spaces are outside of the independent retailers - what a bonus for a regular turnover of customers pulling up outside, giving a boost to the local economy.
In addition the council is dropping the off street parking charges and £3 for 3 hours parking is good value compared to most towns.
A cost neutral scheme for the council and a boost for the town's retailers. I for one believe we will be celebrating this decision fairly soon. But maybe not the residents.