Almost 700 Sign Petition Calling For Buckingham Car Parks To Be Free
6:22am 26th November 2010
Almost 700 people have signed a petition calling for free parking to be reinstated in Buckingham.
It claims drivers now park on grass verges and residential streets to avoid paying at places like Cornwalls Meadow and Western Avenue.
The petition reads: (693 names at time of broadcast)
"We ask that Free Parking is reinstated to the car park off the road in Western Avenue. This will remove the problems that have now returned with cars parking on the road to avoid paying the costly fee of £2.50. We object to the hazards that are happening daily, and the damage to grass verges alongside the road."
"We ask that costs at Waitrose car park are reduced to encourage shoppers and market traders to come back to the Town, ensuring traders stay in business and that our community flourishes and does not turn in to a ghost town."
"We ask that the long stay car park at Stratford Fields becomes a free car park enabling the Town's workforce to not suffer hardship."
A spokesperson for the Forum of Private Business told Mix96 they support the petition and "councils could kill off high street trade if they hike town centre parking charges. In recent months, local authorities across the UK have proposed hefty increases in the charges they impose on motorists for parking on streets and in council-owned car parks."
"The councils involved claim the hikes are necessary in order to plug shortfalls in their budgets due to widespread cuts in local government funding."
"However, the Forum of Private Business believes raising the rates could put small firms out of business as shoppers are driven away from the high street and towards out-of-town supermarkets and retail parks, which enjoy ample free parking."
In response a spokesperson for Aylesbury Vale District Council told Mix96 "AVDC is aware of the concerns of some Buckingham residents around car parking in the town and once presented, the Cabinet Member will be considering the contents of the petition."
"AVDC will also be considering the results of a Parking and Access Study which has been set up to establish an accurate picture of on- and off-street parking in Buckingham since the changes were made in August."
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