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LETTER: Downtown regulars now meet elsewhere to avoid new parking meters, reader says

'To no longer have free three-hour parking and meters that are extremely difficult to use sends shoppers and diners to the malls and Penetanguishene'
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Parking metres like this one are now found throughout Midland's downtown core.

MidlandToday welcomes letters to the editor at andrew@midlandtoday.ca. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). This letter concerns Midland's new pay parking system.

Dear Editor,

I wish to join the chorus of Midlanders who are completely unhappy with the new parking metres.

To no longer have free three-hour parking and additionally meters that are extremely difficult to use (small print, visibility affected by sunlight and rain and no clear direction as to steps, plus imagine using one in a blizzard) simply sends shoppers and diners to the malls and Penetanguishene, where parking is always free.

I know of one coffee club of very senior citizens, which met six days a week at a downtown restaurant. Sometimes lunch would follow or the plan to return for dinner. This group now meets at the mall.

I encountered a meter which then registered out of order and directed me to “the closest meter." It was raining and blowing and I could not read anything. I was not a happy person.

I appreciate Councillor Bill Gordon attempting to have this system reconsidered, and am very disappointed in the majority of council for not doing so.

Additionally, I don’t think free parking in December is good enough. Most people have done a lot of shopping by then.

Why is it that Midland has the highest tax rates in Simcoe County and yet we still can’t help our downtown businesses ? I say shame !!!

Sincerely,

Elaine Nicholls

Midland