Paid parking is coming back to Penticton on New Year’s Day. The rates are also going up and they are extending metered parking to Ellis St., Front and up to 600 block of Main. (File photo)

Paid parking is coming back to Penticton on New Year’s Day. The rates are also going up and they are extending metered parking to Ellis St., Front and up to 600 block of Main. (File photo)

Letter: Cancelling free parking won’t revitalize downtown

Western News reader is concerned about council’s plans for parking

To the Editor:

I am sending this message in support of the merchants downtown. It is my understanding that the City Council has always being dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown core.

During the pandemic, this Council has probably had to deal with more difficult financial decisions than other previous councils.

While I understand the need to bring in revenue by increasing the hourly charge for parking in the large parking lots, I do not think that cancellation of the one-hour free parking is wise.

It encourages the public to go where they can find some free parking. The downtown area is already struggling due to Covid restrictions. Quick drop-ins provide a reliable and much-needed source of income.

I have spoken to several businesses. Some of them feel that they may have to move out of the downtown core in order to survive.

In your position, it is easy to lose sight of the impact that can result from what seem to be obvious solutions. I’m asking you to reconsider this decision as well as the decision to put more meters on Main Street for the same reasons.

Sir Francis Xavier said, “Be great in small things.”

I appreciate how difficult it is for all government officials in this pandemic but would still like you to take the time to really think some more about these particular issues.

Bev Bosman

Penticton

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