Fines driving shoppers away

Sir,

In response to the article ‘Rule change blamed on printing error’ (Advertiser August 25).

I really don’t understand this. Surely with the competition Ilkeston town centre faces from Westfield Derby, out of town retail parks, and our own Tesco Superstore, the council should be doing everything it can to encourage people to use the town centre. Parking charges - and now fines - are such a short sighted and obvious way of raising revenue, but to the long term detriment of the entire town. Now they’re going to make it even more difficult to come and go around the town centre?

When did councils stop trying to make things better for local residents and become just another organisation fleecing us of cash?

Ian Smith

Swanwick Road

Ilkeston