The trades club hebden bridge parking
As a regular visitor to Hebden Bridge to shop, eat and attend the trades club hebden bridge parking Trades Club, I comment that it is becoming increasingly difficult to park on a daytime weekend visit. So much so that we didn't stay on our last visit, the trades club hebden bridge parking out of town with the knock on that we didn't shop, wander and spend in the local businesses.
The further knock on is the the trades club hebden bridge parking of the journey and the likelihood we may go elsewhere in future. Please don't suggest we come by train or bus. I have a car, I enjoy driving, and I will use it at every opportunity. I don't mind paying a parking charge: Are there any alternative parking areas that could be opened up? Am I missing the obvious?
Does anyone have any sensible solutions. Without seeming arrogant; the town needs people to spend, spend, spend particularly after the floods. I want to do this; but the town needs to welcome me and my car. I agree, not enough parking for the visitors the town attracts.
At the weekend cars are just driving round and round looking for that elusive parking place. It's a shame the old fire station shut the gates for parking. Brown's site would be ideal as has been mentioned before. I don't know the the trades club hebden bridge parking as it is a small town, but the trades club hebden bridge parking a shame if it puts visitors off, hard enough as well for locals to park The parking problem in Hebden Bridge is sadly one that is unlikely to be resolved in the near future.
On the one hand we have visitors like Mr Buck, who, quite understandably, want to be able to come to Hebden by car, and be able to park. And it's people like him who are the lifeblood of our little town.
But it's not just visitors. On the other hand, we have the 'green' lobby, who'd like us all to use public transport and leave our cars at home. There's nothing wrong with that, too! It's an admirable goal, and I fully support it. That, in essence, is the problem. Two very reasonable, but conflicting, points of view. The only difference is the 'green' view is an aspiration, the car driver's view is reality.
The thing is, the trades club hebden bridge parking you have a car, you're going to use it. Otherwise it's sitting in your drive, rapidly depreciating, and making any journey you do in it that bit more expensive. Until public transport is better, cheaper, and more reliable, that situation won't change. There is a perfectly good and adequate bus service that serves the town.
They run frequently and are reliable. There are also legs. Very few of us have a pair that don't work. Maybe some are slower or Wobblier, but on the whole a lot more people could walk. Look at the parked cars at the train station and through to Hawksclough, every day. There is no need for most people to use them for the pre-commute run. I live here and it is getting harder and harder to find a parking space.
When I come home from work I spend ages driving around trying to find a space. Many times my wing mirrors have been deliberately knocked off, always on the path side, been keyed and 3 weeks ago my windshield was smashed in all when I've had no choice but to park on the Keighley Road.
I love Hebden but will be looking to move. Interestingly if you look at parking from the perspective of people who don't drive the issues change. Why do you drive short distances and ignore public transport options? Why do people park on pavements and block pedestrian access?
Why do people park dangerously, making others walk into the road? Why drive around polluting the town when your legs still work? Why don't people who moan about parking move to Texas and do wheel spins, handbrake turns, buy a whale like vehicle and just enjoy the space and primacy given to them and their vehicle? Parking is supposed to work for everyone. It's not a birthright. You don't get a little gold plaque and concierge to do it for you.
I drive, when I need to, I park, legally and without any great fuss. Paul D's response is typical of the environmentalists attitude to Hebden Bridge. Not everyone lives in walking distance of Hebden Bridge or near a bus route.
Many still travel a long distance to visit the town, not just locals. While we all agree a clean environment is desirable, a few locals will not support the tourist industry in the town.
Along with previous posts, I try to avoid HB and always go to Todmorden for my essential shopping due to its abundant car parking paid and unpaidexcellent market and easy the trades club hebden bridge parking by car, train, bus and foot. Thank you for your responses. I appreciate from the replies the problem is not going away. Difficult one for me as I love my car and the scenic drive from Burnley. I often drop in for a short period for a coffee and a bite to eat.
I'm unlikely to use the train or bus but understand the green argument albeit it's not for me. Looking forward to Lowden Wainwright on Friday. Mal is the trades club hebden bridge parking genius!! Unless parking capacity rises dramatically - and for my money the only space big enough is the land between the station and the former Walkley's mill - Hebden Bridge's visitor economy may be headed for the rocks.
Apart from the implications of some of the posts here, the feedback I get about Hebden from friends and acquaintances has switched in a few years from positive to largely negative, and the common denominator is parking. These are not all 'tourists'; they include people with medical appointments, business appointments, goods to deliver or collect, and in one case a funeral to attend.
The 'let them eat shoe leather' advocates have a point but the overriding reality is that 1 for most car journeys there is no practical alternative, and 2 there the trades club hebden bridge parking alternatives to Hebden Bridge. When you can't be certain of parking at all, let alone close to where you want to be, you will start going elsewhere.
This is happening already. Shopping locally increasingly means Todmorden or Sowerby Bridge, and the latter also already outshines Hebden Bridge on the pub and restaurant front. More stealing of Hebden Bridge's clothes will doubtless follow. Hebden is unlikely ever to be reduced to filling flasks for cyclists, but that's the direction of economic travel if it continues to offer only pain to car drivers.
Five more years of merely rearranging deckchairs and a Hebden that hasn't diversified away from tourism will be struggling. Remember that when Hebden Bridge was a declining manufacturing town, the future was said to be tourism. So when it's a declining tourist town, the future will be - what? Better start thinking, people. I generally agree with Graham Barker, that bastion of reason in an otherwise illogical and confused world, but I have to say I take exception to his statement that " Sowerby Bridge We have an eclectic mix of pubs in Hebden Bridge to suit all tastes.
To name a few, we've got Yorkshire's first co-operative pub, the Fox and Goose, there's Calan's, the Calder Valley's first micro pub, which has just been awarded "Pub of the Year" by the local CAMRA branch, there's the trades club hebden bridge parking Old Gate with its great mixture of good food and real ale, two further micro pubs - Drink?
We've pubs that, on Boxing Day last year, many of us thought would never reopen, but have emerged, guns blazing! I know real ale isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I reckon there are well over 50 different hand pumps in town.
Meanwhile, down the valley, the wonderful Puzzle Hall in Sowerby Bridge has been closed for a while, and I understand the The trades club hebden bridge parking is in administration. Nothing wrong with what remains, but there's not a lot in that town to truly the trades club hebden bridge parking. But to bring the trades club hebden bridge parking post back on topic, the one thing about visitors to pubs is that, for obvious reasons, they're more likely to use public transport than cars.
Although I have reservations about groups of drinkers flooding into town on a Saturday and Sunday, as seems to be happening more and more, at least the absence of car parking is unlikely to affect them, and let's face it, they're bringing much needed money into our town.
And while they're here, the rest of us can leave town and go to quieter places. The difficulty we have here, as ever, is the false sense of entitlement that motorists have with regard to the provision of parking.
We need to remind ourselves of the basic Motorists Proposition: Consequently The trades club hebden bridge parking can travel when and where I choose'. This has consequences for all those who remain dependent on public transport - because the incremental withdrawal of fare revenue by ex-motorists progressively undermines its financial viability, resulting in higher fares the trades club hebden bridge parking those left - but still it remains a basic right to opt out.
So the motorist steps into their car - which usually they have left outside or near their house on the public highway or pavement but again usually without having rented the space they've been occupying there and the costs they've imposed on others by obstructing their easy passage - drives on to their destination, and then and here's the sense of entitlement expects to be the trades club hebden bridge parking to abandon that vehicle somewhere for an often considerable length of time before they return to use it again.
But and the trades club hebden bridge parking the problem the public authorities such as councils are under no statutory responsibility to provide parking spaces, so if organisations whether private or public choose to do so, they must or should be doing it on semi- market terms. This is economics ABC, but it's ignored by motorists because it's in their financial interests to do so.
If someone wants to suggest that motorists can't afford market pricing of parking spaces I suggest they reflect on this graph. Then we could add in the cost to all our citizens of the already legally non-compliant air pollution in Hebden, because more parking spaces would only get to be filled if more cars drive here. That cost is illness and premature deaths. So when the originator of this thread says 'I love my car and the scenic drive from Burnley', and 'I'm unlikely to use the train' even though the rail journey here is actually quicker, is it the case that we just can't afford this disregard for the economics of everything?
As usual a very astute post from Kez, and I appreciate his opening comments. He's right that no one should disparage Hebden Bridge for the quality and variety of its pubs and beers, though my own peak beer the trades club hebden bridge parking are the trades club hebden bridge parking over and I rely on others to do the enthusing.
The point I wanted to make was that Sowerby Bridge seems to be attracting growing numbers of diners and drinkers, irrespective of their discernment and irrespective of occasional failures such as the Works.
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