With recent stories in the news of motorists being slapped with parking fines - particularly the unfortunates forced to park 'illegally' due to flooding in Tewkesbury - are we surprised that shoppers are foregoing town centre shopping for the ease of access and convenient FREE parking available at out-of-town retail parks? Admittedly, online shopping has a huge part to play in the demise of the high street, but isn't it about time local councils had a rethink over town centre parking? How does the revenue raised through these really pretty extortionate charges tally with the loss of revenue through the tills? Should they not adopt a slightly longer-sighted perspective? No more shops equals no more need for town centre car parking. What do you think?