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LETTER: New Midland parking stations make town 'less resident friendly'

'Midland is a great town in which to live. One of its many pleasures has recently been discarded - free parking,' resident says
2021-09-23 ap_134738
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,

Midland is a great town in which to live. One of its many pleasures has recently been discarded - free parking.

The purchase and installation of parking pay stations was a retrograde step. Apart from the problem that they are difficult to figure out and use in good weather, the frustration that they engender will be magnified come cold windy weather in the winter and rainy weather in the spring.

Midland councillors justify the purchase of these pay stations on the basis that the extra revenue that they will generate will help pay the town's bills

I believe that our councillors have caved to the pressure applied by a group of residents, which is constantly complaining about high taxes.

Taxes, at whatever level, are a necessary evil if we are to have a pleasant, resident-friendly place to call home. These new costly parking pay stations have just made Midland less pleasant and less resident friendly.

Bruce Henderson

Midland