Free park­ing scru­ti­nised

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

VIL­LAGERS could be al­lowed to park for longer in cer­tain streets in a bid to help busi­nesses.

Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing ways to im­prove park­ing op­tions in the vil­lage over the past year and has used a work­ing party to gather in­for­ma­tion about how the sit­u­a­tion can be helped.

Be­cause of a lack of free park­ing in Ger­rards Cross, there have been sug­ges­tions of al­low­ing peo­ple to park for an hour for free in vil­lage car parks.

How­ever, in or­der to do this, the parish coun­cil would have to sub­sidise South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil, which is re­spon­si­ble for run­ning the car parks, and there are con­cerns that it could prove too ex­pen­sive.

The coun­cil is now look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of al­low­ing cars to park for two hours in des­ig­nated on-street park­ing ar­eas rather than for one hour, which is the cur­rent ar­range­ment.

Mem­bers of the parish coun­cil’s high­ways com­mit­tee be­lieve this could be an ef­fec­tive way of im­prov­ing the sit­u­a­tion, and the coun­cil’s clerk has con­tacted dif­fer­ent traders in the vil­lage to gather their views, with peo­ple liv­ing in the vil­lage also set to be con­sulted.

The is­sue will be dis­cussed again at a fu­ture coun­cil meet­ing.

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