Look at this beautiful image of Horsham in West Sussex…
The street is paved in high quality materials. There are no yellow lines. There’s planting. It looks like a place you’d like to be in.
What more could any place want?
Look at the trees in planters – they’re moveable. They can be placed anywhere according to the needs of the day. They can be moved by the emergency services if they’re ever in the way.
This is the benefit of careful design: thinking the problem through and finding a solution that works under many different scenarios. The elegant hand of beauty.
And isn’t this exactly what Faversham needs too?
What is especially remarkable and relevant for Faversham is that East Street in Horsham didn’t always look this pretty:
Look at the double yellow lines, the tarmac, the dull municipal road signage. The single tree. The heavy hand of plodding transport planning.
If Horsham can get rid of its yellow lines then why can’t Faversham?
The answer is: we can. We just need to choose to do so.
We need to accept that there are other, and better, ways to control parking that respect the historic fabric of the town, that celebrate life and that seek the best solution for the place – not the dull, municipal average.