Help shape the fu­ture of park­ing in Bucks

Traders are urg­ing peo­ple to join in con­sul­ta­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BUSI­NESSES and traders are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to re­spond to a con­sul­ta­tion which could de­ter­mine the fu­ture of park­ing in Buck­ing­hamshire.

Bucks County Coun­cil is set­ting out its ap­proach to park­ing through­out the county and is giv­ing peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to have their say on their park­ing needs be­fore fi­nal de­ci­sions are made.

The county coun­cil’s guide­lines, when fi­nalised, will de­ter­mine how much park­ing is pro­vided in Bucks in both res­i­den­tial and non-res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

It will cover how much park­ing is pro­vided for bi­cy­cles, mo­tor­cy­cles, cars and blue badge hold­ers, and traders say that it is im­por­tant that peo­ple re­spond and tell them of any park­ing is­sues they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

Tim Green­field, who runs Fields, a do­mes­tic ap­pli­ances shop in Sta­tion Road, Ger­rards Cross, and who is also a mem­ber of the vil­lage’s traders’ as­so­ci­a­tion, said: “There are two prob­lems in Ger­rards Cross.

“Firstly, there are not enough car park­ing spa­ces for peo­ple work­ing here to use, which cre­ates prob­lems for busi­nesses be­cause staff are hav­ing to pay to park, which is ob­vi­ously cost­ing money.

“The other thing is that there is no free park­ing here for shop­pers.

“If we had an hour free, like in Chal­font St Peter, that would re­ally help the shops here.”

A sim­i­lar view was held by busi­nesses in Che­sham.

Martin Parkes, owner of Flix Hair and Beauty and also co-founder of the Bet­ter Che­sham group, said: “Lots of car parks in the town are used for res­i­den­tial park­ing, which does not help the traders at all.

“You have a sit­u­a­tion where re­tail staff are hav­ing to pay more than £30 a week to park, which is another tax on work­ing.

“It’s very im­por­tant that peo­ple do re­spond to this con­sul­ta­tion.”

The con­sul­ta­tion runs un­til Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

To re­spond, go to www. buckscc.gov.uk/aboutyour-coun­cil/have-your­say and click on the ‘cur­rent con­sul­ta­tions’ op­tion.

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