I think what we need to consider why we need to go to the shops on the street, and how much time we have to do that. Things have changed and i think due to time we have spare we then 'nip to the street' far more than we did in the past. Usualy just 15/20 mins, do what i need and get then get heck out of there. for me its usualy at lunchtime.
i dont have time to park ages away and time to donder down to the shops. I personaly go to the bank, postoffice, chemist. most months then a small selection of the others once in a blue moon. i have never spent an entire afternoon or morning tralwing through them all just for the sake of it or even for xmas shopping ive never done it. So fo me and many others i need to get in, park and get out within 15/20 mins. They took in the short term parking spaces but i have notest the same cars there every day, all day, hogging the spots and stopping their customers getting to their shops. i persume its staff cars from the businesses on the street themselves.
There is nothing available on the street that we the public cant get anywhere else localy or on the net. so why should we put wir sell out to get it there to get things? It's not for the plants places outside the shops or for the rubbish service you get in some of the shops.
You can meet more folk you know going through the supermarkets than on the street, and your warm and dry and you can get tones of free parking just outside the door.
i can never remember any time where we have never had not to dodge cars on the street and as an adult i have been here 30 years. When was the time when you didnt have to? Vans to the shops and disabled cars have always had access and i persume they will always have acsess to the street. Next time you there you will find most of the cars from the cross to the fort have a handy blue badge in them, so that wont stop. or they blinking should!
so whats wrong with parking under andersons windows or outside the chemist? as long as its very short time i have no problem at all, i see people stopping all day outside high level which blocks the free flow of cars which will end up stopping everyone getting there at all, spoiling it for everyone, So please stop parking there if its you doing it.
i once brought the parking subject up on the living lerwick page and as usual they did nothing, subjects like this wil bring out the smart arses who say we all have to walk as we are getting fat, its not about excersise its about the time we have free to 'nip to the street'. I did note the person that shouted me down on that occation was then spotted by myself going around the cross in their car the following week so it was, do as i say, not as i do there.
I recently phoned living lerwick about asking the shop staff to stop blocking all the short time spaces as their customers couldnt get to the shops or banks. living lerwick have done nothing as far as i know.
one final nots about the slabs on the street being broken, i have been informed its the trucks and essy kert that does it not the actual cars.
we might try to ban cars but blue badge cars (of all sizes) will always get on the street so you will se no difrence.