Groen Zottegem questions the new parking policy of the city of Zottegem. “Ad hoc measures lead to frustration”
“The social media in Zottegem are full of reactions to the further expansion of paid parking; a measure taken by the city council to discourage people looking for parking. Unsurprisingly, the main tone in this debate is negative because there is no line in the new rules. The city council has opted for the easiest option here: a “repressive” approach with a further roll-out of the paid parking zone. Some time ago they also made it possible to obtain a second resident card cheaply. No wonder that the center is full and there is a lot of searching traffic”, say Groen councilors Heidi Schuddinck and Ben Boone.
“Once again, the opportunity is missed to develop a well-considered and long-term parking policy. For years we have been asking for a policy in which different rates are central as one of the possible improvements and a key to free parking spaces for, for example, customers of the middle class: central streets above ground slightly more expensive, larger car parks on the ‘periphery’ cheaper. “And optimization of the underground parking also helps. For example, last year we proposed making the first hour of underground parking free. The underground parking costs the city a bomb and is more empty than full. A good parking policy leads to available places for everyone and attracts people to the city instead of pushing them further away. Our middle class and catering can use extra customers ‘post-corona’. Good parking management is a must in times where space is precious and full use must be made of quality of life.”