Parking enforcement in Beaconsfield will damage town, warns resident

Bucks Free Press: Parking enforcement will damage town, warns resident Parking enforcement will damage town, warns resident

THE new parking plans for Beaconsfield Old Town could be the worst thing to happen to the area, one resident has claimed.

In a letter written to the council and due to be published in full in the Bucks Free Press next week he states that the council should not charge for parking.

Simon Woolf said: “On the face of it, I am pleased that there is support to find a solution to increase the opportunity of visitors finding somewhere to park and thereby encourage people to come to the Old Town. This has been the problem for years.”

However, Mr Woolf says that if a charge is included it could stop people shopping or eating in the area.

He said: “I think this is incredibly short sighted and once again demonstrates clearly why many think councils just don’t get it!” He added: “If you want to promote our local shops, you need to encourage potential shoppers, not discourage them by charging for parking.”

Mr Woolf has also proposed that he will go around local businesses and raise the money needed to cover the costs himself in an attempt to ensure local businesses aren’t damaged.

He said: “They want to recoup a few quid to paint in some lines rather than support the local shops that provide jobs and convenient shopping to the local area. “If the council is that hard pressed, I will be happy to look at raising the money myself to pay for the white lines.”

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6:08pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Dickitdo says...

Charging for Parking helps nobody , it is just another Tax along with the obligatory Parking Wardens . It is just a Cash Cow for Councils that does not really help anybody . Most people do not want to pay to park ,so they go elsewhere .The parking regulations in High Wycombe have ruined the town along with the stupid pedestrianisation ! .
Charging for Parking helps nobody , it is just another Tax along with the obligatory Parking Wardens . It is just a Cash Cow for Councils that does not really help anybody . Most people do not want to pay to park ,so they go elsewhere .The parking regulations in High Wycombe have ruined the town along with the stupid pedestrianisation ! . Dickitdo
  • Score: 16

8:35am Sun 2 Mar 14

Bookermum says...

Shops will have a reduced trade, even community things like the toddler groups, children's clubs etc will all suffer!! Why go somewhere where you have to pay for parking when you can go somewhere else or do something else for free!!
Yet another easy way for the cauncil to get money wothout actually thinking about the real re-percussions!!
Shops will have a reduced trade, even community things like the toddler groups, children's clubs etc will all suffer!! Why go somewhere where you have to pay for parking when you can go somewhere else or do something else for free!! Yet another easy way for the cauncil to get money wothout actually thinking about the real re-percussions!! Bookermum
  • Score: 8

8:39pm Sun 2 Mar 14

EricBrown says...

The residents of Beaconsfield should be up in arms. if they let these idiots at the Council forge ahead with this, it will start a cancer in the town. Slowly and gradually people will stay away, shops will close, charity shops will open and a vibrant town with lots of individual shops will go down the pan ~ just leaving the multinationals and charity shops and halal kebab shops and betting shops ~ and maybe a tattoo parlour for good measure. If you want to know what your future looks like if you let this happen ~ look no further than Desborough Road, High Wycombe. Don't sleepwalk into this Beaconsfield. Maybe organise a boycott against your local councillors ~ that might make some of these arrogant politicians sit up and take notice !
The residents of Beaconsfield should be up in arms. if they let these idiots at the Council forge ahead with this, it will start a cancer in the town. Slowly and gradually people will stay away, shops will close, charity shops will open and a vibrant town with lots of individual shops will go down the pan ~ just leaving the multinationals and charity shops and halal kebab shops and betting shops ~ and maybe a tattoo parlour for good measure. If you want to know what your future looks like if you let this happen ~ look no further than Desborough Road, High Wycombe. Don't sleepwalk into this Beaconsfield. Maybe organise a boycott against your local councillors ~ that might make some of these arrogant politicians sit up and take notice ! EricBrown
  • Score: 3

9:54am Mon 3 Mar 14

pennman says...

I think Beaconsfield council are nuts. They want to introduce traffic calming (i.e. speed bumps) in the New Town because the Mayor elect is a keen cyclist, even though there has only been one accident. This is despite the number of high value cars that will be damaged by speed bumps. It is impossible to get any speed up there anyway, due to the constant congestion and the huge potholes!
I think Beaconsfield council are nuts. They want to introduce traffic calming (i.e. speed bumps) in the New Town because the Mayor elect is a keen cyclist, even though there has only been one accident. This is despite the number of high value cars that will be damaged by speed bumps. It is impossible to get any speed up there anyway, due to the constant congestion and the huge potholes! pennman
  • Score: 5

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