Now, I'm absolutely not complaining about having to pay to park myself. Most shoppers don't park every day and the cost to do so as a proportion of your shop isn't that bad. My concern is for Centre's 2500 staff, 70% of whom take their car to work.
Shop workers are not the highest paid workers in our society. Many of them will be on the minimum wage. Yet Land Securities think it's ok to charge them £40 per month to park. In this climate, when people are really struggling with the rising cost of living, it is simply unacceptable to force such a steep rise in outgoings on low paid staff. Land Securities made a profit of over £1 billion last year. They don't need to profiteer in this way.
There are no real alternatives to parking in the Centre's car park because of the layout of this new town. Buses even to other towns in West Lothian are not as regular as they need to be and the train stations are miles away from The Centre.
If you agree with me that it's unfair to ask staff to pay such a huge proportion of their salary - equivalent to almost a day's wages a month on the minimum wage, or 2 weeks' pay over a year - then there are 3 quick things you can do: