Free parking call to woo shoppers

Kris Talikowski, who wants free parking in Old Town to help businesses

Kris Talikowski, who wants free parking in Old Town to help businesses

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FREE parking in Old Town is the goal for businesses after a campaign was launched this week.

Following the closure of hairdressers Talk Of The Town and cafe Cakes And Ale in the last month, neighbouring shops feel more needs to be done to encourage shoppers into Old Town.

Kris Talikowski, of The Core in Devizes Road, set up the campaign on Facebook which attracted more than 300 supporters in 24 hours.

“The bigger picture is that Old Town is like Clifton in Bristol, or Southbank in London,” he said. “It is an area people embrace as something a little bit different. We have got all our independent retailers and shops which gives it its character. “People have to feel like they can come here frequently to keep businesses alive.

“The idea behind the campaign is that most major shopping centres have free parking. “Down town there is lots of off-street one hour parking. If you need to nip into town you have then got one hour to do everything you need to.

“In Old Town you can’t do that. There is some free parking on residential roads but that is a long walk, and a lot of people will use the Co-op car park which should just be for their customers.

“If we had an area free for one or two hours it would cultivate the ‘pop in and use the businesses’ attitude you have in other areas.”

Kris said local businesses need to work together to survive in the face of new developments such as Regent Circus.

“My vision for Old Town is to really broaden it as the cultural quarter of Swindon, and a place people recognise,” he said. “We have to make this place magic and get people to know about everything we have here.

“Free parking would not resolve all the issues businesses have but I think it would be a positive step forward to help remove that barrier.”

Nearby shop owners welcomed the campaign.

Hair salon owner Mike Reynolds said: “Something does need to be done, because it is a shame when you see businesses close that have been here for 46 years.

“Old Town has a tremendous amount to offer, and people need to have a reason to stay up here. They need that added incentive, and parking might well do that.”

Louise Field, the manager of Gustoso cafe, said: “It would be a great idea, especially for us because we have a 24 hour loading bay right outside.

“We are restricted as it is, so any help would go a long way. They need to look again at all the areas and see what they can do to allow more parking while businesses are open. “I would think if people can park up for a couple of hours that would be for the best for everyone.”

Simon Rhodes, the owner of Wood Street Food Hall, said: “We have had a lot of problems with people not being able to park.

Parking is about looking forward to the future to generate increased footfall, which will then increase turnover and employment.”

Coun Dave Woods (Lib Dem, Eastcott) said: “Free parking in Old Town would solve a lot of problems in the area. “The evidence we have seen around Wiltshire is that up to two hours free parking would boost high street trade. “The cost is slightly mitigated by the idea that a more thriving shopping area will result in car parks generally being more full.

“For a spontaneous campaign to launch says there is frustration that is being felt that there is a lack of communication and action.

“There is also a sense that the town centre shopping area is getting all the support from the council while Old Town is being ignored.”

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8:30am Sat 14 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

Fat chance.

Woods will support anything as long as you vote for his allowances and pension rights he would have supported a campaign to close all the roads in Swindon to motorised traffic if you'd have asked him that question.

Then you,d have all the out of towners coming in and parking up all day whilst they go to see their solicitors about their next door neighbours, etc.

The shop keepers themselves would want to park right outside their own shops, and why not.

No sorry this is a no brainer because we have a donkey mentality council.

Sorry think of something else, how about clearing all the road furniture and making more room and user-friendly and having the first 2hrs for free? sorry got carried away there with ideas!
Fat chance. Woods will support anything as long as you vote for his allowances and pension rights he would have supported a campaign to close all the roads in Swindon to motorised traffic if you'd have asked him that question. Then you,d have all the out of towners coming in and parking up all day whilst they go to see their solicitors about their next door neighbours, etc. The shop keepers themselves would want to park right outside their own shops, and why not. No sorry this is a no brainer because we have a donkey mentality council. Sorry think of something else, how about clearing all the road furniture and making more room and user-friendly and having the first 2hrs for free? sorry got carried away there with ideas! anotherimigrant
  • Score: -4

8:48am Sat 14 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

What??? this Dave Woods. Supports what????????

LIBERAL Democrat councillor Dave Wood, who has already been reprimanded for poor attendance at meetings, has hit back at claims he does not justify his near £12,000 allowance – despite missing more duties.

Gimmi the money Davey Gravey
What??? this Dave Woods. Supports what???????? LIBERAL Democrat councillor Dave Wood, who has already been reprimanded for poor attendance at meetings, has hit back at claims he does not justify his near £12,000 allowance – despite missing more duties. Gimmi the money Davey Gravey anotherimigrant
  • Score: -1

9:58am Sat 14 Jun 14

AJP1960 says...

If this is so important, I wonder why the shop keepers don't prove it by dipping in their pockets instead of blaming/relying on the council to resolve their problems.

They could offer to reimburse the council for the lost revenue - after all, someone has to pay for the upkeep of the car parks. Alternatively they could reimburse shoppers directly - a shopper shows their parking ticket at the time of a purchase and a sum equivalent to the cost of 1 hour's parking is deducted at the till.

Everybody wins - the shop keepers can easily prove the uplift in turnover, shoppers get a good deal and SBC are not out of pocket.

Somehow I don't see it happening though, the shop keepers may be happy for SBC to take a cut in income, they may be less happy when the money comes off their bottom line, even though, by their comments, it should be self-funding because free parking = more custom
If this is so important, I wonder why the shop keepers don't prove it by dipping in their pockets instead of blaming/relying on the council to resolve their problems. They could offer to reimburse the council for the lost revenue - after all, someone has to pay for the upkeep of the car parks. Alternatively they could reimburse shoppers directly - a shopper shows their parking ticket at the time of a purchase and a sum equivalent to the cost of 1 hour's parking is deducted at the till. Everybody wins - the shop keepers can easily prove the uplift in turnover, shoppers get a good deal and SBC are not out of pocket. Somehow I don't see it happening though, the shop keepers may be happy for SBC to take a cut in income, they may be less happy when the money comes off their bottom line, even though, by their comments, it should be self-funding because free parking = more custom AJP1960
  • Score: -6

10:01am Sat 14 Jun 14

faatmaan says...

in the vale of the white horse district council car parks, the first hour or two is free, this means people can visit small towns like Abingdon, faringdon and spend time and more importantly money. perhaps a more relaxed approach to
car parking in Old town and other areas affected may help ease the problem, but bear in mind pay to park has always been in old town for as long as I can remember, so a lot of the businesses concerned have enjoyed the boom, suffered through the recession, so the reasons people come to shop in places like old town and paying for parking has always been a fixed factor.
in the vale of the white horse district council car parks, the first hour or two is free, this means people can visit small towns like Abingdon, faringdon and spend time and more importantly money. perhaps a more relaxed approach to car parking in Old town and other areas affected may help ease the problem, but bear in mind pay to park has always been in old town for as long as I can remember, so a lot of the businesses concerned have enjoyed the boom, suffered through the recession, so the reasons people come to shop in places like old town and paying for parking has always been a fixed factor. faatmaan
  • Score: 6

10:43am Sat 14 Jun 14

GrumpyLocal says...

AJP1960 wrote:
If this is so important, I wonder why the shop keepers don't prove it by dipping in their pockets instead of blaming/relying on the council to resolve their problems.

They could offer to reimburse the council for the lost revenue - after all, someone has to pay for the upkeep of the car parks. Alternatively they could reimburse shoppers directly - a shopper shows their parking ticket at the time of a purchase and a sum equivalent to the cost of 1 hour's parking is deducted at the till.

Everybody wins - the shop keepers can easily prove the uplift in turnover, shoppers get a good deal and SBC are not out of pocket.

Somehow I don't see it happening though, the shop keepers may be happy for SBC to take a cut in income, they may be less happy when the money comes off their bottom line, even though, by their comments, it should be self-funding because free parking = more custom
Primarily because the margins are already tight.
The council fuel the situation by allowing out-of-town developments to pull people away from the town centre and allow them to have vast car-parks with no parking charges. The businesses in old Town already pay hefty business rates & like most businesses get very little back from the council. the businesses in old town are already having to partially fund replacement signs to direct people to the car parks because the council have neglected to keep them in good condition or put them in relevant places.
Swindon Council has long since decided that Old Town is the forgotten sibling of the Town Centre and invests next to nothing at all. Even the Christmas lights on Wood St are funded by the businesses working throughout the year to raise money to pay for them yet the town centre get huge investment, advertising, celebrity guests & god knows what else thrown at it.
[quote][p][bold]AJP1960[/bold] wrote: If this is so important, I wonder why the shop keepers don't prove it by dipping in their pockets instead of blaming/relying on the council to resolve their problems. They could offer to reimburse the council for the lost revenue - after all, someone has to pay for the upkeep of the car parks. Alternatively they could reimburse shoppers directly - a shopper shows their parking ticket at the time of a purchase and a sum equivalent to the cost of 1 hour's parking is deducted at the till. Everybody wins - the shop keepers can easily prove the uplift in turnover, shoppers get a good deal and SBC are not out of pocket. Somehow I don't see it happening though, the shop keepers may be happy for SBC to take a cut in income, they may be less happy when the money comes off their bottom line, even though, by their comments, it should be self-funding because free parking = more custom[/p][/quote]Primarily because the margins are already tight. The council fuel the situation by allowing out-of-town developments to pull people away from the town centre and allow them to have vast car-parks with no parking charges. The businesses in old Town already pay hefty business rates & like most businesses get very little back from the council. the businesses in old town are already having to partially fund replacement signs to direct people to the car parks because the council have neglected to keep them in good condition or put them in relevant places. Swindon Council has long since decided that Old Town is the forgotten sibling of the Town Centre and invests next to nothing at all. Even the Christmas lights on Wood St are funded by the businesses working throughout the year to raise money to pay for them yet the town centre get huge investment, advertising, celebrity guests & god knows what else thrown at it. GrumpyLocal
  • Score: 8

10:46am Sat 14 Jun 14

GrumpyLocal says...

AJP1960 wrote:
If this is so important, I wonder why the shop keepers don't prove it by dipping in their pockets instead of blaming/relying on the council to resolve their problems.

They could offer to reimburse the council for the lost revenue - after all, someone has to pay for the upkeep of the car parks. Alternatively they could reimburse shoppers directly - a shopper shows their parking ticket at the time of a purchase and a sum equivalent to the cost of 1 hour's parking is deducted at the till.

Everybody wins - the shop keepers can easily prove the uplift in turnover, shoppers get a good deal and SBC are not out of pocket.

Somehow I don't see it happening though, the shop keepers may be happy for SBC to take a cut in income, they may be less happy when the money comes off their bottom line, even though, by their comments, it should be self-funding because free parking = more custom
Gorse Hill, Rodbourne & other shopping areas in Swindon already have free parking limited to an hour or so allowing people to visit the shops, spend money locally and help an area thrive rather than slump. Why can't Old Town have parity with these areas?
[quote][p][bold]AJP1960[/bold] wrote: If this is so important, I wonder why the shop keepers don't prove it by dipping in their pockets instead of blaming/relying on the council to resolve their problems. They could offer to reimburse the council for the lost revenue - after all, someone has to pay for the upkeep of the car parks. Alternatively they could reimburse shoppers directly - a shopper shows their parking ticket at the time of a purchase and a sum equivalent to the cost of 1 hour's parking is deducted at the till. Everybody wins - the shop keepers can easily prove the uplift in turnover, shoppers get a good deal and SBC are not out of pocket. Somehow I don't see it happening though, the shop keepers may be happy for SBC to take a cut in income, they may be less happy when the money comes off their bottom line, even though, by their comments, it should be self-funding because free parking = more custom[/p][/quote]Gorse Hill, Rodbourne & other shopping areas in Swindon already have free parking limited to an hour or so allowing people to visit the shops, spend money locally and help an area thrive rather than slump. Why can't Old Town have parity with these areas? GrumpyLocal
  • Score: 13

12:32pm Sat 14 Jun 14

bellyup says...

When I visited old town recently to have a mooch, all I found were salons, pubs or charity shops & estate agents. Retail was specialist like bridal, cycle etc. I did the circuit in about 20 minutes so I got the free parking at the co-op anyway. It's very centred around the night life I find.
When I visited old town recently to have a mooch, all I found were salons, pubs or charity shops & estate agents. Retail was specialist like bridal, cycle etc. I did the circuit in about 20 minutes so I got the free parking at the co-op anyway. It's very centred around the night life I find. bellyup
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Sat 14 Jun 14

GrumpyLocal says...

bellyup wrote:
When I visited old town recently to have a mooch, all I found were salons, pubs or charity shops & estate agents. Retail was specialist like bridal, cycle etc. I did the circuit in about 20 minutes so I got the free parking at the co-op anyway. It's very centred around the night life I find.
Its a shame you missed the Wine Merchants, the two butchers, the hardware store, the deli, the cafes, the TV & Hif Fi store, the art & photo framing store, the gift shop & card shop, the two furniture shops , the pharmacy, the mirror shop, the clock shop, the two opticians, the carpet & rug store, the home interior store, the kitchen designers, the jewellers, the reptile centre, the photographers, the museum, the florists, the alternative therapy centres, the gallery, the mobility centre, the home made ice cream shop, the shoe shop, the fashion store, the post office, the printing shops.........
[quote][p][bold]bellyup[/bold] wrote: When I visited old town recently to have a mooch, all I found were salons, pubs or charity shops & estate agents. Retail was specialist like bridal, cycle etc. I did the circuit in about 20 minutes so I got the free parking at the co-op anyway. It's very centred around the night life I find.[/p][/quote]Its a shame you missed the Wine Merchants, the two butchers, the hardware store, the deli, the cafes, the TV & Hif Fi store, the art & photo framing store, the gift shop & card shop, the two furniture shops , the pharmacy, the mirror shop, the clock shop, the two opticians, the carpet & rug store, the home interior store, the kitchen designers, the jewellers, the reptile centre, the photographers, the museum, the florists, the alternative therapy centres, the gallery, the mobility centre, the home made ice cream shop, the shoe shop, the fashion store, the post office, the printing shops......... GrumpyLocal
  • Score: 12

3:46pm Sat 14 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

GrumpyLocal wrote:
bellyup wrote:
When I visited old town recently to have a mooch, all I found were salons, pubs or charity shops & estate agents. Retail was specialist like bridal, cycle etc. I did the circuit in about 20 minutes so I got the free parking at the co-op anyway. It's very centred around the night life I find.
Its a shame you missed the Wine Merchants, the two butchers, the hardware store, the deli, the cafes, the TV & Hif Fi store, the art & photo framing store, the gift shop & card shop, the two furniture shops , the pharmacy, the mirror shop, the clock shop, the two opticians, the carpet & rug store, the home interior store, the kitchen designers, the jewellers, the reptile centre, the photographers, the museum, the florists, the alternative therapy centres, the gallery, the mobility centre, the home made ice cream shop, the shoe shop, the fashion store, the post office, the printing shops.........
I'm glad I don't have to go shopping in Old Town, the parking's horrendous.

So I go out of town, Waitrose is my favourite food store, NO CHAVES, and for major purchases I go to Cribs Causeway. All free parking, and everything you could want in life and a John Lewis which I could happily die in.

They get most of my money because they give me the most in service.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bellyup[/bold] wrote: When I visited old town recently to have a mooch, all I found were salons, pubs or charity shops & estate agents. Retail was specialist like bridal, cycle etc. I did the circuit in about 20 minutes so I got the free parking at the co-op anyway. It's very centred around the night life I find.[/p][/quote]Its a shame you missed the Wine Merchants, the two butchers, the hardware store, the deli, the cafes, the TV & Hif Fi store, the art & photo framing store, the gift shop & card shop, the two furniture shops , the pharmacy, the mirror shop, the clock shop, the two opticians, the carpet & rug store, the home interior store, the kitchen designers, the jewellers, the reptile centre, the photographers, the museum, the florists, the alternative therapy centres, the gallery, the mobility centre, the home made ice cream shop, the shoe shop, the fashion store, the post office, the printing shops.........[/p][/quote]I'm glad I don't have to go shopping in Old Town, the parking's horrendous. So I go out of town, Waitrose is my favourite food store, NO CHAVES, and for major purchases I go to Cribs Causeway. All free parking, and everything you could want in life and a John Lewis which I could happily die in. They get most of my money because they give me the most in service. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -7

5:09pm Sat 14 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

anotherimigrant wrote:
What??? this Dave Woods. Supports what????????

LIBERAL Democrat councillor Dave Wood, who has already been reprimanded for poor attendance at meetings, has hit back at claims he does not justify his near £12,000 allowance – despite missing more duties.

Gimmi the money Davey Gravey
Loved this.

Gravy Davey....

Council
•Liberal Democratic Group
•Locality - Town Centre (Chair)
•Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Sub-Committee (Deputy)
•Standards Committee (Chair)
•Streetsmart and Highways Overview and Scrutiny Committee

who on the commity for HIGHWAYS. Nearly chocked larfin.

AND then this....

He CLAIMS to be a DECISION MAKER FOR THE POLICE....

Took 5 minuets to be able to carry on after a laughing fit.

Dave your a bleeding heart liberal for Christ's sake. You couldn't make a decision on what to have for breakfast.

You and Pinocchio Pajak are the town clowns.

Try turning up for the meetings your paid for Gravy and comment on what your supposed to be doing and being paid for.
[quote][p][bold]anotherimigrant[/bold] wrote: What??? this Dave Woods. Supports what???????? LIBERAL Democrat councillor Dave Wood, who has already been reprimanded for poor attendance at meetings, has hit back at claims he does not justify his near £12,000 allowance – despite missing more duties. Gimmi the money Davey Gravey[/p][/quote]Loved this. Gravy Davey.... Council •Liberal Democratic Group •Locality - Town Centre (Chair) •Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Sub-Committee (Deputy) •Standards Committee (Chair) •Streetsmart and Highways Overview and Scrutiny Committee who on the commity for HIGHWAYS. Nearly chocked larfin. AND then this.... He CLAIMS to be a DECISION MAKER FOR THE POLICE.... Took 5 minuets to be able to carry on after a laughing fit. Dave your a bleeding heart liberal for Christ's sake. You couldn't make a decision on what to have for breakfast. You and Pinocchio Pajak are the town clowns. Try turning up for the meetings your paid for Gravy and comment on what your supposed to be doing and being paid for. anotherimigrant
  • Score: 4

5:14pm Sat 14 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

Kris Talikowski

I,m voting for him he should be a councillor and leader of the council, not the fools and clowns we have at the moment.

Kris put your name down as an MP next year, see how you like being in charge of the clown skool. You couldn't make more of a mess of this town than the present fools and idiots.

VOTE FOR KRIS TALIKOWSKI.
Kris Talikowski I,m voting for him he should be a councillor and leader of the council, not the fools and clowns we have at the moment. Kris put your name down as an MP next year, see how you like being in charge of the clown skool. You couldn't make more of a mess of this town than the present fools and idiots. VOTE FOR KRIS TALIKOWSKI. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -3

9:09pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Cooler says...

It isn't rocket science. Can't people who park in Old Town have 30 mins or an hour for free to pop in and give trade to the local businesses.

People who work there or have to stay longer pay.I think the hourly rate is cheaper then down in New Town anyway.
It isn't rocket science. Can't people who park in Old Town have 30 mins or an hour for free to pop in and give trade to the local businesses. People who work there or have to stay longer pay.I think the hourly rate is cheaper then down in New Town anyway. Cooler
  • Score: 3

6:11pm Sun 15 Jun 14

GalaxyMan says...

Old Town is worth a visit just to nip into Earles Newsagents. They have a great selection of sweets and Rose is always value for money if you have the time for a chat.
Old Town is worth a visit just to nip into Earles Newsagents. They have a great selection of sweets and Rose is always value for money if you have the time for a chat. GalaxyMan
  • Score: 0

9:18am Mon 16 Jun 14

benzss says...

anotherimigrant wrote:
GrumpyLocal wrote:
bellyup wrote:
When I visited old town recently to have a mooch, all I found were salons, pubs or charity shops & estate agents. Retail was specialist like bridal, cycle etc. I did the circuit in about 20 minutes so I got the free parking at the co-op anyway. It's very centred around the night life I find.
Its a shame you missed the Wine Merchants, the two butchers, the hardware store, the deli, the cafes, the TV & Hif Fi store, the art & photo framing store, the gift shop & card shop, the two furniture shops , the pharmacy, the mirror shop, the clock shop, the two opticians, the carpet & rug store, the home interior store, the kitchen designers, the jewellers, the reptile centre, the photographers, the museum, the florists, the alternative therapy centres, the gallery, the mobility centre, the home made ice cream shop, the shoe shop, the fashion store, the post office, the printing shops.........
I'm glad I don't have to go shopping in Old Town, the parking's horrendous.

So I go out of town, Waitrose is my favourite food store, NO CHAVES, and for major purchases I go to Cribs Causeway. All free parking, and everything you could want in life and a John Lewis which I could happily die in.

They get most of my money because they give me the most in service.
All those chaves, eh? Ruining your hummus, I suppose.
[quote][p][bold]anotherimigrant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bellyup[/bold] wrote: When I visited old town recently to have a mooch, all I found were salons, pubs or charity shops & estate agents. Retail was specialist like bridal, cycle etc. I did the circuit in about 20 minutes so I got the free parking at the co-op anyway. It's very centred around the night life I find.[/p][/quote]Its a shame you missed the Wine Merchants, the two butchers, the hardware store, the deli, the cafes, the TV & Hif Fi store, the art & photo framing store, the gift shop & card shop, the two furniture shops , the pharmacy, the mirror shop, the clock shop, the two opticians, the carpet & rug store, the home interior store, the kitchen designers, the jewellers, the reptile centre, the photographers, the museum, the florists, the alternative therapy centres, the gallery, the mobility centre, the home made ice cream shop, the shoe shop, the fashion store, the post office, the printing shops.........[/p][/quote]I'm glad I don't have to go shopping in Old Town, the parking's horrendous. So I go out of town, Waitrose is my favourite food store, NO CHAVES, and for major purchases I go to Cribs Causeway. All free parking, and everything you could want in life and a John Lewis which I could happily die in. They get most of my money because they give me the most in service.[/p][/quote]All those chaves, eh? Ruining your hummus, I suppose. benzss
  • Score: 1

1:12pm Mon 16 Jun 14

GrumpyLocal says...

anotherimigrant wrote:
GrumpyLocal wrote:
bellyup wrote:
When I visited old town recently to have a mooch, all I found were salons, pubs or charity shops & estate agents. Retail was specialist like bridal, cycle etc. I did the circuit in about 20 minutes so I got the free parking at the co-op anyway. It's very centred around the night life I find.
Its a shame you missed the Wine Merchants, the two butchers, the hardware store, the deli, the cafes, the TV & Hif Fi store, the art & photo framing store, the gift shop & card shop, the two furniture shops , the pharmacy, the mirror shop, the clock shop, the two opticians, the carpet & rug store, the home interior store, the kitchen designers, the jewellers, the reptile centre, the photographers, the museum, the florists, the alternative therapy centres, the gallery, the mobility centre, the home made ice cream shop, the shoe shop, the fashion store, the post office, the printing shops.........
I'm glad I don't have to go shopping in Old Town, the parking's horrendous.

So I go out of town, Waitrose is my favourite food store, NO CHAVES, and for major purchases I go to Cribs Causeway. All free parking, and everything you could want in life and a John Lewis which I could happily die in.

They get most of my money because they give me the most in service.
If you spent your money in Swindon not only would the local economy benefit but the retailer you seem hell bent on using might sit up, take notice & bring a store to Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]anotherimigrant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bellyup[/bold] wrote: When I visited old town recently to have a mooch, all I found were salons, pubs or charity shops & estate agents. Retail was specialist like bridal, cycle etc. I did the circuit in about 20 minutes so I got the free parking at the co-op anyway. It's very centred around the night life I find.[/p][/quote]Its a shame you missed the Wine Merchants, the two butchers, the hardware store, the deli, the cafes, the TV & Hif Fi store, the art & photo framing store, the gift shop & card shop, the two furniture shops , the pharmacy, the mirror shop, the clock shop, the two opticians, the carpet & rug store, the home interior store, the kitchen designers, the jewellers, the reptile centre, the photographers, the museum, the florists, the alternative therapy centres, the gallery, the mobility centre, the home made ice cream shop, the shoe shop, the fashion store, the post office, the printing shops.........[/p][/quote]I'm glad I don't have to go shopping in Old Town, the parking's horrendous. So I go out of town, Waitrose is my favourite food store, NO CHAVES, and for major purchases I go to Cribs Causeway. All free parking, and everything you could want in life and a John Lewis which I could happily die in. They get most of my money because they give me the most in service.[/p][/quote]If you spent your money in Swindon not only would the local economy benefit but the retailer you seem hell bent on using might sit up, take notice & bring a store to Swindon. GrumpyLocal
  • Score: 0

4:26pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Steve700 says...

Does anyone know what the FB page is called as, unless I've missed it, the article doesn't give it....
Does anyone know what the FB page is called as, unless I've missed it, the article doesn't give it.... Steve700
  • Score: 0

4:36pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Steve700 says...

Found It!
Found It! Steve700
  • Score: 0

11:12am Tue 17 Jun 14

GrumpyLocal says...

Steve700 wrote:
Does anyone know what the FB page is called as, unless I've missed it, the article doesn't give it....
https://www.facebook
.com/parkforfreeoldt
own
[quote][p][bold]Steve700[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know what the FB page is called as, unless I've missed it, the article doesn't give it....[/p][/quote]https://www.facebook .com/parkforfreeoldt own GrumpyLocal
  • Score: 0

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