Saturday, 11 January 2014
ye car parkes of olde England
Saturday, we headed to a different town for some stunt shopping. That's the type where there are particular, but unusual, items in mind.
Not knowing the area, we headed for the car park with the most likely name for a city centre.
This would be a combination of words like 'Gate', 'Abbey', 'Nunnery', 'Market', 'Cross', 'Friary', 'Wall', cardinal points, an old fashioned craft product and maybe the odd 'The'. Friary Wall, Abbey Cross, West Gate, The Lace Market. You get the idea.
We found one and drove in. "No spaces available", it proudly announced outside. Then another sign that said "no lifts working" or something similar. Then a really big sign that said "Pay and display or £80 fine". I was passenger as we drove ever higher around thin little turnings to try to find a space.
Soon enough we reached the upper floors. There were spaces. Another sign explained that the car park was not being maintained to the usual standard.
We descended the seven flights of stairs out into the shopping area's afternoon sunlight. I wondered if the condition of infrastructure was cause or effect of the demise of some central shopping areas?