Traders asked to pay parking
Firms must help finance free periods
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.