Park­ing prices frozen for now and in­come up

Past ticket in­creases pull in cash

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - Byy Jo- Anne Rowney y

DRIV­ERS will not face higher park­ing charges – at least un­til April 2016.

Park­ing charges in the South Bucks area will re­main the same for the fi­nan­cial year 2015-16 after cab­i­net mem­bers de­cided to go with of­fi­cers’ rec­om­men­da­tion to freeze prices at the South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil cab­i­net meet­ing on Tues­day last week.

The dis­trict coun­cil has 10 pay and dis­play car parks in Bea­cons­field, Burn­ham, Ger­rards Cross and Farn­ham Common, pro­vid­ing 789 spa­ces.

The coun­cil in­tro­duced a 10p in­crease in April and five per cent for sea­son tick­ets.

The prices are now £1.20 for up to an hour in Ger­rards Cross and Bea­cons­field, and 40p for Farn­ham Common, The Broad­way car park.

The decision to put up prices had been met with dis­ap­point­ment by traders in Bea­cons­field and Ger­rards Cross, who said higher prices de­terred shop­pers.

In the 2013-14 fi­nan­cial year money raised from tick­ets in­creased by four per cent from the year be­fore.

Sea­son in­creased cent. tick­ets in­come by two per

In the first four months of the 2014-2015 fi­nan­cial year re­ceipts in­creased by nine per cent, while that from sea­son tick­ets in­creased by 17 per cent.

The car park with the great­est rise in in­come was Ger­rards Cross, Sta­tion Road, where there was a 24 per cent in­crease in 2013-14 and 18 per cent in­crease in the first part of the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year.

Ahead of the meet­ing of­fi­cers sug­gested the bud­get for car park­ing for 2015-16 be in­creased by two per cent, to £953,000 (an in­crease of £18,680). They also rec­om­mended there should be no change to park­ing charges. A PSY­CHOL­O­GIST hopes to help car­ers with the de­mands of their work with her new book.

Ch­eryl Rezek, who is based at Body­works Clinic in High Street, Chal­font St Peter, has launched pocket book, Mind­ful­ness for Car­ers.

Mind­ful­ness is about pay­ing at­ten­tion to this mo­ment in time with­out dis­trac­tion.

Mrs Rezek says car­ers can of­ten ne­glect them­selves as they spend so much time look­ing after oth­ers.

The au­thor and clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist said: “Car­ers can get in­cred­i­bly stressed and ex­hausted.

“They see their needs as sec­ondary to the peo­ple they care for, es­pe­cially if it is a fam­ily mem­ber.

“They need to take care of them­selves as well as the other peo­ple.”

Mrs Rezek, who launched the book at Hush Bou­tique in Mar­ket Place on Fri­day, says car­ers are at high risk of de­vel­op­ing phys­i­cal or men­tal con­di­tions due to stress.

Mind­ful­ness aims to tackle is­sues such as de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, sleep prob­lems and fear.

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