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Another year's wait for Marlow parking solution
IT WILL be at least another year before a plan is devised to cure Marlow's parking ills, it was announced this week.
An £80,000 study, paid for by Sainsbury's, has been ongoing to try to find a solution to appease angry residents, who have had enough of not being able to park outside their homes.
It has been going for about two years already and as of June, £40,000 had been spent.
But anyone hoping for residents' parking permits or another plan will have to show further patience.
Officials have signalled, however, that more double yellow lines could be introduced and permits have not been entirely ruled out.
Residents living around Riley Park have been particularly annoyed at the situation and have lobbied for a permit scheme. Transport for Bucks spokesman has said the study is complex and lengthy, with Marlow Town Council insisting a holistic approach is needed to avoid simply shifting the problem area from one spot to another.
The council rejected an initial study in February for failing to achieve this.
A statement was released on Tuesday from the town council, described as a joint communication with Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council, The Marlow Society, and the Marlow Chamber of Trade.
The parties have agreed it is essential to wait for detailed data on capacity and use of off-street car parks before making any changes. This will come through WDC's camera operated car park scheme, currently being trialled.
The statement read: "We understand that during the last two years BCC has put time and commitment towards the current review, but believe that without including an off-street review of the town, the data is insufficient to deliver a solution. It is the view of all concerned that we must ensure any changes to parking in and around Marlow are made with all the available facts."
A balance needs to be struck the competing needs of the whole community - the workers, tourists, shoppers and residents - the organisations said.
The statement added: "It should be noted that while residents’ parking schemes are an option, they are expensive and do not guarantee parking outside individual properties. "It is likely to be a minimum of 12 months before we can assess the results from the ANPR scheme and share a final parking review.
"BCC has agreed in the meantime that it has become apparent that there is a need for strategically placed double yellow lines in some roads where parking has become a danger to other road users and pedestrians. They are looking at this now."
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