Vil­lage car park could go up a level

Dis­cus­sions over Sta­tion Road of­fer an op­por­tu­nity for free park­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

FREE park­ing could be a pos­si­bil­ity for vil­lagers if a much-used car park were to be­come a multi-storey.

Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown says that po­ten­tial plans to add ex­tra storeys to the car park in Sta­tion Road would be an ideal op­por­tu­nity to give vil­lagers an hour’s free park­ing to bring it in line with the ar­range­ment in neigh­bour­ing vil­lages such as Chal­font St Peter and St Giles.

No plans are yet in place for such an ar­range­ment, but Mr Brown says that if a plan were to be agreed be­tween South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil, which runs the car park, and the Ger­rards Cross Traders’ As­so­ci­a­tion, he would like to see it used as an op­por­tu­nity to al­low peo­ple the chance to park for free.

He said: “Hav­ing a mul­ti­storey car park there is some­thing that has been dis­cussed for a long time and there are good points and bad points to it.

“If it were to hap­pen, I re­ally think that it should give peo­ple the chance to park for free for half an hour to an hour.

“It would be a real op­por­tu­nity to do that, and to bring into place the ar­range­ment they have in Chal­font St Peter.

“I also think that peo­ple work­ing in Ger­rards Cross who need to use that car park should be sub­sidised as well.”

Use of the Sta­tion Road car park has in­creased since Waitrose su­per­mar­ket opened op­po­site it in 2012, which has led to dis­cus­sions about adding ex­tra storeys to it to ac­com­mo­date the ex­tra traf­fic.

Mr Brown said: “It’s gone from be­ing not used all that much to be­ing at ca­pac­ity a lot of the time, so an ex­ten­sion would make sense in a lot of ways.”

He added: “The other op­tion to im­prove park­ing in Ger­rards Cross would be to in­crease the ca­pac­ity at the train sta­tion car park, be­cause that is al­ways full as well, and there is de­mand for it.

“It might even make more sense to do that than to in­crease the Sta­tion Road one.”

What do you think? Does Ger­rards Cross need a mul­ti­storey car park in Sta­tion Road? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@trin­i­

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