Ticket fears blamed for shop­per drought

Vil­lage traders voice con­cerns over war­dens

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BUSI­NESS owner says that the con­stant pres­ence of traf­fic war­dens in a vil­lage is harm­ing trade.

Lynn Holloway, who runs Blooms of St Giles, be­lieves that peo­ple are be­ing put off from shop­ping in Chal­font St Giles be­cause they fear be­ing tick­eted.

She says this is hav­ing a harm­ful ef­fect on trade in the area, and has urged Bucks County Coun­cil not to visit the vil­lage so of­ten.

In an open let­ter on be­half of the re­tail­ers of the vil­lage, she said: “We pro­vide a valu­able ser­vice and are find­ing that peo­ple are trav­el­ling from neigh­bour­ing vil­lages in or­der to shop with us.

“But Bucks County Coun­cil seem to be putting a damp­ener on this by send­ing out a traf­fic war­den nearly ev­ery day to pa­trol the vil­lage.

“The vil­lage and the lo­cal busi­nesses took a real bat­ter­ing last year when it flooded and un­for­tu­nately some busi­nesses didn’t sur­vive.

“Since the traf­fic war­dens have been pa­trolling, our busi­ness has gone very quiet and there are of­ten empty park­ing spa­ces in the vil­lage.”

She says that cus­tomers are con­cerned about stay­ing longer than the hour’s per­mit­ted free park­ing and get­ting a fine, and be­cause of this is urg­ing the county coun­cil to stop traf­fic war­dens from be­ing in the vil­lage so of­ten.

She added: “A lot of the busi­nesses here feel the same way. It isn’t right that the traf­fic war­dens should be here all the time.”

Trans­port for Bucks spokesman Dan El­wor­thy said: “On av­er­age, Trans­port for Buck­ing­hamshire has 16 civil en­force­ment of­fi­cers op­er­at­ing through­out the county on a daily ba­sis.

“Park­ing re­stric­tions are put in place, among other rea­sons, to en­sure the limited amount of park­ing space is avail­able for those who need it,

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such as in a High Street en­vi­ron­ment.

“This would free up the spa­ces for use by shop­pers with as­so­ci­ated eco­nomic benefits. Safety of pedes­tri­ans and road users, along with re­duc­ing con­ges­tion on the high­way is also con­sid­ered.”

What do you think? Should traf­fic war­dens give Chal­font St Giles a break? Or are you glad they are en­forc­ing the law? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk.

Photo by Dar­ren Pepe ba150695

Lynn Holloway who runs Blooms of St Giles is an­gry at the amount of traf­fic war­dens in Chal­font St Giles

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