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Residents may get experimental trial parking zone
FRUSTRATED residents, sick of seeing the parking spaces outside their homes taken by commuters, may get the scheme they want after all, albeit on a trial basis.
An action group was formed by householders in Marlow after Sainsbury's opened on November 30.
Families feared the 140 staff looking for somewhere to park would make their already crammed roads surrounding Riley Park, Marlow, even worse.
They were dismayed that a permit scheme, which appeared to be on offer, thanks to an £80,000 developers contribution fund from the supermarket, was put on ice.
Marlow Town Council, backed by Wycombe District Council, said the knock on effect on the whole town needed examining.
However, the Marlow Free Press has now been told an experimental parking zone could be put in place in Cambridge Road/York Road for a maximum of 18 months whilst the survey was carried out.
This is subject to legal advice, currently being sought.
This was one of the agreements to come out of joint discussions between the two councils and Buckinghamshire County Council - the authority responsible for parking.
While they support residents in the Cambridge Road/York Road area, they are concerned about the knock on effect of a permit scheme and a long term solution for the whole town was needed.
Some of the £80k pot will be used for a study.
Further meetings will take place between councillors, officers and other bodies including The Marlow Chamber of Trade.
Cllr Richard Scott said: “I am acutely aware of parking issues in Marlow and we are working with Transport for Bucks to find an equitable solution.”
He also backed the possibility of decked or underground parking, which he said was much needed.
Marlow Mayor Cllr Jocelyn Towns said:“I understand the concerns of those residents who are unable to park outside or close to their homes because of long term or commuter parking.
“We know that consultation has already taken place with the residents of Cambridge Road/York Road area, but town councillors act for all residents and have to address how a scheme in this area might impact on residents living further out.
“Additional Town centre car parking for visitors and commuters is required”.