Traders’ pay and display fears
Charging for on-street parking will deter business, claims shop owners
TRADERS are concerned that plans to introduce more pay and display machines for on-street parking will deter business.
Bucks County Council will announce this autumn where and when the machines will be introduced in a bid to solve the county’s parking problems.
However, traders in Chalfont St Peter say pay and display machines will stop people from parking up and popping into high street shops for a quick purchase.
Scott Heath, director of Chiltern Bike Barn, in Market Place, said: “It would be a terrible shame if the decision was taken to introduce pay and display machines.
“I certainly think that it would deter people from using the local shops and supporting local businesses.
“When speaking to customers about popping in to see us, we will always promote the fact that there is free parking, which always goes down well.”
Motorists who wish to shop in High Street or Market Place have two options, either park in St Peter’s Court for two hours free or use the free hour in High Street.
It would be a terrible shame if the decision was taken to introduce pay and display machines”
manager of Crumbs cafe, in The Broadway, said: “I think it will stop people coming in for a cup of coffee.
“The free parking time is very important for us.
“Even if it’s just 10 minutes, people can come in for a quick cup of tea or sandwich.”
Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Welch said: “The feeling from the Chamber is effort needs to be made to make it easier for people to shop in local places and pay and display often prevents that.”
The scheme will be rolled out over the next two years, with the council arguing it will encourage turnover of parking in shopping areas and provide better enforcement against people who stay over the parking limit.
Transport for Bucks (TfB) spokesman Dan Elworthy said it will release the details for the plans after consulting with councillors and finalising proposals.
He added: “We hope to be able to provide further information by the end of the month.”