Traders’ pay and dis­play fears

Charg­ing for on-street park­ing will de­ter business, claims shop own­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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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.”

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