Cllr blasts "utterly mad" Rye car-park plans

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Cllr blasts "utterly mad" Rye car-park plans

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A GREEN could be converted into an overflow car-park for The Rye this summer – a move described as “utter madness” by a councillor.

Wycombe District Council has written to residents to say Marsh Green will become a free temporary car-park for up to 28 days over the peak season.

Cllr Trevor Snaith said residents and fellow councillors were “up in arms” and said they would hold a protest on the green unless the council performs a U-turn on its plans for the open space in the conservation area.

He said: “You have to question some of the decisions made by the council and its cabinet – this is utterly ridiculous, utter madness.

“If it reaches the point where the council does not reverse its decision and doesn't apologise, we will be on the meadow with our ‘keep off the grass’ placards.

“It’s an ancient open space abutting the conservation area – not a car-park.”

The authority says the plan is to combat the traffic congestion experienced by visitors to The Rye and the Wycombe Rye Lido complex last summer.

WDC said in a statement: “Last summer The Rye was extremely popular and we received complaints from some local residents because there wasn’t enough parking on site to cope with the number of people visiting it.

“This year we are trying to find a helpful and straightforward way to make life easier and are consulting on putting in extra parking as a temporary measure.

“Overflow parking will help visitors manage where and how they park and help to keep the site safe for people visiting on foot.

“We have written to local residents inviting their views but if the suggestion proves unpopular, we won’t go ahead with the idea.”

The green is to the east of The Rye at the junction of Bassetsbury Lane with Keep Hill Road.

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5:11pm Mon 12 May 14

Kplustwo says...

If it's a free car park then it won't be used as an overflow. There is already an area next to the tennis courts that was used as an overflow but recently doesn't seem to be opened when needed.
If it's a free car park then it won't be used as an overflow. There is already an area next to the tennis courts that was used as an overflow but recently doesn't seem to be opened when needed. Kplustwo
  • Score: 6

6:02pm Mon 12 May 14

andy40 says...

Park for free in the overflow car park or pay to park in normal car park? What planet is the council on?
Park for free in the overflow car park or pay to park in normal car park? What planet is the council on? andy40
  • Score: 7

5:54am Tue 13 May 14

MunsterX says...

It is pleasing that the numbers up at this venue each summer, plenty of fresh air and wholesome fun to be had. In line with the healthy image of this destination surely the Council could offer some incentive to park in town and walk over to the lido, would it not be nice to see Abbey Way thronging with happy pedestrians this summer. If that cannot be achieved, then how about a free shuttle service to the lido?
It is pleasing that the numbers up at this venue each summer, plenty of fresh air and wholesome fun to be had. In line with the healthy image of this destination surely the Council could offer some incentive to park in town and walk over to the lido, would it not be nice to see Abbey Way thronging with happy pedestrians this summer. If that cannot be achieved, then how about a free shuttle service to the lido? MunsterX
  • Score: 6

1:37pm Tue 13 May 14

WycombeMan&Boy says...

MunsterX wrote:
It is pleasing that the numbers up at this venue each summer, plenty of fresh air and wholesome fun to be had. In line with the healthy image of this destination surely the Council could offer some incentive to park in town and walk over to the lido, would it not be nice to see Abbey Way thronging with happy pedestrians this summer. If that cannot be achieved, then how about a free shuttle service to the lido?
They've just put in a crossing there so why not offer a reduced rate in the adjacent WDC office car park and provide better signage to it before using park land?
[quote][p][bold]MunsterX[/bold] wrote: It is pleasing that the numbers up at this venue each summer, plenty of fresh air and wholesome fun to be had. In line with the healthy image of this destination surely the Council could offer some incentive to park in town and walk over to the lido, would it not be nice to see Abbey Way thronging with happy pedestrians this summer. If that cannot be achieved, then how about a free shuttle service to the lido?[/p][/quote]They've just put in a crossing there so why not offer a reduced rate in the adjacent WDC office car park and provide better signage to it before using park land? WycombeMan&Boy
  • Score: 7

3:37pm Tue 13 May 14

legiopatrianostra says...

WycombeMan&Boy wrote:
MunsterX wrote:
It is pleasing that the numbers up at this venue each summer, plenty of fresh air and wholesome fun to be had. In line with the healthy image of this destination surely the Council could offer some incentive to park in town and walk over to the lido, would it not be nice to see Abbey Way thronging with happy pedestrians this summer. If that cannot be achieved, then how about a free shuttle service to the lido?
They've just put in a crossing there so why not offer a reduced rate in the adjacent WDC office car park and provide better signage to it before using park land?
Nah, why offer the sensible solution when you can concrete over a nice green area.
[quote][p][bold]WycombeMan&Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MunsterX[/bold] wrote: It is pleasing that the numbers up at this venue each summer, plenty of fresh air and wholesome fun to be had. In line with the healthy image of this destination surely the Council could offer some incentive to park in town and walk over to the lido, would it not be nice to see Abbey Way thronging with happy pedestrians this summer. If that cannot be achieved, then how about a free shuttle service to the lido?[/p][/quote]They've just put in a crossing there so why not offer a reduced rate in the adjacent WDC office car park and provide better signage to it before using park land?[/p][/quote]Nah, why offer the sensible solution when you can concrete over a nice green area. legiopatrianostra
  • Score: 4

7:36am Thu 15 May 14

sylviaholmes says...

what rubbish is this? There is already an overflow area next to the rye car park which has been allow to fall into a terrible state of repair - This area should be repaired and used before another beautiful area is destroyed/churned up. also, free parking versus paying?????? i understand that the council plans to lower the kerbing around marsh green by the end of may - done deal by the sound of it! i am a local resident and have not been consulted . what do local bye laws say - does anyone know how to find out?
what rubbish is this? There is already an overflow area next to the rye car park which has been allow to fall into a terrible state of repair - This area should be repaired and used before another beautiful area is destroyed/churned up. also, free parking versus paying?????? i understand that the council plans to lower the kerbing around marsh green by the end of may - done deal by the sound of it! i am a local resident and have not been consulted . what do local bye laws say - does anyone know how to find out? sylviaholmes
  • Score: 0

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