Traders asked to pay park­ing

Firms must help fi­nance free pe­ri­ods

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

TRADERS will be asked to help fund free park­ing for shop­pers in the new year.

Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil will ask business own­ers for fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions to sub­sidise free park­ing.

Ger­rards Cross Traders As­so­ci­a­tion ini­tially shared its con­cerns with the parish coun­cil over car park prices which it felt de­ter cus­tomers and cost staff, says parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown.

The parish coun­cil agreed to pe­ti­tion South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil (SBDC) on be­half of the vil­lage for pe­ri­ods of free park­ing.

How­ever, both con­cluded there was no money to support schemes such as free af­ter­noon park­ing un­less taxes were raised.

Mr Brown said: “We would have to raise our parish coun­cil pre­cept in or­der to pay for the park­ing mea­sures be­cause the dis­trict coun­cil was so strapped for cash.

“We did not want to in­crease our pre­cept be­cause it is a lot of money to sub­sidise that.”

In­stead, the parish coun­cil will ask traders for money to se­cure free park­ing which both par­ties hope will at­tract more shop­pers.

Mr Brown added: “We need to take it up with the traders in the new year.

“We have not pushed it for­ward as much as we could have this year but we will look to do some­thing next year.”

SBDC, which runs Bul­strode Way, Pack­horse Road and Sta­tion Road car parks, has an­nounced free park­ing there on Satur­days, De­cem­ber 13 and 20, to support busi­nesses at their busiest trad­ing time of the year.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown said: “It is a to­ken ges­ture to Ger­rards Cross and I would like to see more of that.

“We are re­ally pleased SBDC have done that but ide­ally we would like to see free park­ing all the time.”

The dis­trict coun­cil will also pro­vide free park­ing on Satur­days, De­cem­ber 13 and 20 at Bea­cons­field car parks War­wick Road, Al­tons and Pen­ncroft, both in Burkes Road, as well as Broad­way car park in Farn­ham Common.

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