If we want the centre of our UK cities to prosper, our thinking needs to change. Although it’s not just about traffic and parking management, having an improved experience for the driver will certainly have a huge impact on any town centre economic strategy.
Generally speaking, High Streets, including Exeter, in the UK are struggling with declining footfall as consumers increasingly shop online and city centres struggle to balance the requirement for a convenient positive parking experience at an ‘acceptable price’ whilst reducing congestion and carbon emissions. People aren’t ready to leave the car at home yet, and although reliable public transport, park and ride and car sharing schemes are vital, private vehicles still need to be accommodated. Hence adopting smarter alternatives to current thinking is a must to reverse High Street decline.
The technology is here
The technology is already here that improves the experience for motorists visiting towns and cities to find somewhere to park as my experience visiting Ghent in Belgium recently proved. Intelligence such as traffic sensors collecting data from traffic, feed dynamic routing signage that navigate motorists through the local area and car parks in real-time to available spaces indicated by visual indicators.
Add to this mobile phone apps such as justpark.com allow spaces and/or electric vehicle charging points to be reserved before leaving home.. There is no doubt that Continue reading
Finding a gem of a country pub
I have family links to the beautiful English county of Herefordshire, and frequently visit exploring the rural countryside and, local country pubs.
One such pub is the Kilpeck Inn which was saved from development into residential property about 10 years ago. It’s now well known for its food and seems to be very popular. However, it doesn’t seem to cater quite so well for the locals who want to go there for a pint or two and socialise. So although they do stock good beer it is very much all about the food.
The very good Cottage of Content Pub
I have eaten there a number of times over the last 10 years and had very mixed Continue reading
In December 2012 my mother passed away. Following her passing I, along with my sister, have been going through all the necessary hoops to sort out her estate. One such task was to sell her bungalow and in the meantime find homes for her possessions including the furniture Rather than sell we decided it would be a nice idea to donate her furniture to a deserving charity. Unfortunately our experience of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) proved to be far from what we expected.
Joan Lilian Pewsey 1929 – 2012
On December 20th 2012, my Mum Joan Lilian Pewsey passed away. This post is the script from the service celebrating her life conducted by Humanist Celebrant Rebecca Vincent. We shall miss her very much.
A good GPS
As a bloke I am rather partial to good kit. This includes a good GPS which I have found in the form of a Satmap Active10 GPS.
For some years I have been using the Memory Map software and electronic OS maps on my laptop. Fantastic for route planning whether walking or cycling providing data on distance and height profiles among other things, and allows you to zoom in to get a high level of detail. So it seemed a natural choice to extend my electronic mapping into the field with the purchase of a waterproof Memory Map Adventurer 3500 GPS….. or so I thought…………
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I have been a keen photographer since a family friend brought my first Kodak Instamatic when I was about 8 for my birthday. A Kodak Instamatic 25 that took the 126 cartridge film popular at the time. I kept the camera for years using it on summer holidays and school trips using first black and white film and then colour. Post continues …….
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This weekend we finally made a trip to The Forestry Commission National Arboretum at Westonbirt, to see the famed autumnal spectacle of colour. And it didn’t disappoint.