Pay and display is not welcome
Traders against proposed changes
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
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.”
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