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Solution put forward for Beaconsfield Old Town's persistent parking problems
A PLAN to introduce paid car parking spaces in Beaconsfield Old Town has been put forward to solve the long standing problem in the area.
South Bucks District Councillors have discussed a proposal to create 47 spaces at the east of London End in a ‘land swap’ deal.
The plot is currently designated common land, much of it owned by Hall Barn Estates, and so parking enforcement is not possible on the site.
But SBDC’s Environment Policy Advisory Group has agreed to consult the public over the move to release the land from its common status and install paid-for spaces to manage the Old Town’s persistent parking problems.
John Brown, chairman of Beaconsfield Old Town Residents’ Association (BOTRA), said: “To date options have been frustrated by the common land issue which prevents any form of controlled parking being implemented in London End.
“The proposed scheme involves a land swap that enables the introduction of a formal parking process.
“BOTRA are supportive of efforts to find a meaningful solution to the parking issues in the Old Town.”
Currently, there is no set time or charge limit for parking in the area, but it is hoped that introducing monitored parking will discourage day-long parking along the A40 by Old Town workers.
A council report suggested this will free up the space for shoppers and short-term visitors.
Councillors agreed last week to a £10,000 consultation on the issue, which will go ahead if agreed by Beaconsfield Town Council.
Early meetings have attracted the support of BCC and Hall Barn Estates, as well as resident groups The Beaconsfield Society and BOTRA.
If the deal went ahead, BCC would be responsible for parking enforcement, while SBDC would install the spaces and maintain the land.
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