Pay and dis­play is not wel­come

Traders against pro­posed changes

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

TRADERS have ob­jected to plans to in­tro­duce pay and dis­play ma­chines for on-street park­ing.

Bucks County Coun­cil de­vel­oped ini­tial pro­pos­als to bring in the ma­chines and shared them with county coun­cil­lors be­fore con­sult­ing the com­mu­nity.

How­ever, Chal­font St Peter Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent An­drew Welch made it clear he did not want them out­side shops in Mar­ket Place.

He wrote to the coun­cil on Thurs­day last week: “We are com­pletely against the pay and dis­play park­ing me­ter pro­pos­als for Mar­ket Place.

“There is no con­sent in the vil­lage to your plans to im­pose park­ing charges.”

Mo­torists who wish to shop in High Street or Mar­ket Place have three op­tions: park in St Peter’s Court for two hours free; use the free hour in High Street; or use the free hour in Church Lane car park.

Mr Welch says pay and dis­play ma­chines will de­ter peo­ple from pop­ping into shops for a quick pur­chase.

He told the Ad­ver­tiser: “It pro­vides another po­ten­tial bar­rier for trade as there are very few free spa­ces in Chal­font St Peter.

“We do a free hour in Church Lane but it will stop a lot of ad hoc pop­ping in and out of shops. Shop­pers may well

There is no con­sent in the vil­lage to your plans to im­pose

park­ing charges”

drive on Cross.”

The scheme will be rolled out across the county over the next two years, with the coun­cil ar­gu­ing it will en­cour­age turnover of park­ing in shop­ping ar­eas and al­low bet­ter en­force­ment against peo­ple who stay over the time limit.

Trans­port for Bucks (TfB) spokesman Dan El­wor­thy said: “The coun­cil has de­vel­oped some ini­tial pro­pos­als that have been shared with the rel­e­vant county coun­cil­lors. Their views are be­ing con­sid­ered be­fore re­vised plans are pre­pared which will be fully con­sulted with the county, parish and dis­trict coun­cil­lors as well as res­i­dents and busi­nesses.”

Do you think your area needs pay and dis­play ma­chines? Email bucks news@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

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