Parking ticket draw 'boosts trade' in Beaminster
Continue reading the main storyTraders in a Dorset town say what is thought to be the first parking ticket draw in the UK, has helped business.
The scheme allows shoppers in Beaminster to enter pay-and-display tickets into a draw for vouchers from local shops.
Perhaps we could do something similar here? I proposed a draw scheme three times to the Council when I was a councillor, and it was rejected each time as being unworkable. My idea was for everyone to put their phone number on the back of their ticket when they left, place it a secure box, and each day or week a prize would be given to someone (but the shop voucher route might be better). I thought this might 'sweeten the pill' for those who think the charges are too high, and might even encourage people to use the car parks – as seems to be happening in Beaminster. I've asked the Town Council to consider the idea again. What do you think?