In last Wednesday’s edition of the Bude & Stratton Post there was an article about the new parking charges that are being introduced.

I am never happy with any system of parking charges that doesn’t allow concessions to residents, but leaving that aside I really wondered what planet Cornwall Council is living on when I read that Bude has been put into Zone A which is defined as an area “...well served by public transport...”

If this is the case, why is it so necessary for most residents to keep and run a car for as long as they are able?  

Yes, there are buses, [most of which seem to run around the town three-quarters empty], but “well-served by public transport” is stretching the English language a bit far.

To me it seems that the council is simply trying to [take] as much as possible out of as many people as possible in the most popular areas.

Jo Arnold