Ticket fears blamed for shopper drought
Village traders voice concerns over wardens
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,
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.
Lynn Holloway who runs Blooms of St Giles is angry at the amount of traffic wardens in Chalfont St Giles