Office workers in Stoke-on-Trent are struggling to find parking spaces, with an open letter published in a leading regional newspaper warning that poor provision may drive businesses from the city.
Focused on the office space available at Festival Park, a prominent commercial development within the Staffordshire city, the letter questions the local authorities and retail operators approach to providing parking facilities for office workers – bemoaning the allocation available.
Although primarily based on assumption and personal interest, the letter does raise a valid point regarding the role decision maker’s play in supporting local businesses and facilitating factors that could contribute to their on-going success.
The argument put forward is that a large amount of the parking allocated to retailers at the site, which includes Morrisons, Boots and Toys R Us, remains unused each day and local office workers are not able to make use of it.
Could more investment be made to encourage a greater number of businesses to consider locations such as Festival Park?
Or are the thoughts expressed in the letter simply a short sighted office worker, unprepared to park further than 10 yards from their desk and under the delusion that the purchase of a sandwich for lunch is enough to keep major retailers in business and throw their own customers parking away for 8 hours every day?