Help shape the future of parking in Bucks
Traders are urging people to join in consultation
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.