The management of pardubice town hall has recently faced a big wave of criticism. First came the “blaming” of the former mayor of Stříteský about how investors are competing out of interest in pardubice airport, then the footbridge near Tesko came next. This week, jan Tichý, the representative of the first district, sparked a critical wave in the address of the city management when he drew attention to the incompetence of the city in the issue of parking.

Indeed, it seems inexplicable that, although intensive construction of shopping and administrative centres is underway to attract even more cars to the city centre, the number of parking spaces is decreasing. While most major cities try to solve the problem of parking in some way, Pardubic councillors do, as if there is no problem with parking in the center of Pardubice.

Incredibly, the previous management of the city allowed the expansion of the Grand Shopping Center and the construction of a multi-cinema in no parking spaces. However, anyone who knows anything about the relationship between the former mayor and the management of the Prague Real Estate Administration and the hockey club probably doubts whether the interests of the city’s inhabitants are really a priority…

It is incomprehensible that a foreign investor, who is building another huge shopping centre with a multi-cinema in the city centre on Masaryk Square in the place of a former car park with several hundred parking spaces, was allowed to build 200 fewer parking spaces than the original plan. The reason is said to be high groundwater levels. Nowadays, however, this argument should not stand at all, it is certainly not a technically incurable problem.

In the center of the city for several years stands a parking house, which the city first built and promoted with great glory, and now it is half empty. Perhaps the city management should look at at least a little west of our borders, where it is quite common for cars arriving in the city to be led directly into the parking lot by road signs. On the driveways to Pardubice, however, I did not notice any traffic jams that would inform visitors of the city about any parking house in Karlovina or the number of parking spaces.

Instead, the management of the town hall allowed parking of dozens of cars free of charge in the mud between the polyclinic and the telephone exchange on Masaryk Square, and hockey fans are even more accommodating to the city by allowing them to park for free on the backbone roads in the city center at the time of the hockey match. Doesn’t that seem like discrimination against other people who don’t travel to hockey with their cars? Why do others have to make their way through the city in motorcades and pay for parking during hockey?
The expert marvels, the layman wonders…