Parking charges 'pricing out' town centre staff, says Cllr

Parking charges 'pricing out' town shop staff

Parking charges 'pricing out' town shop staff

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STAFF working in Marlow are being ‘priced out’ of the town according to a town councillor who is campaigning for cheaper car parking rates for workers.

Cllr Kathy Thomson voiced her concern to a meeting of business leaders last week as she vowed to look out for staff who are forced to pay-and-display for the entire work day.

Along with town council colleagues, Cllr Thomson is pressing for a deal so workers at Marlow businesses can get a discounted from Monday to Friday.

And she said the small car park adjacent to Marlow Town Council’s building off Pound Land would be an ideal location to test the scheme.

She said: "We are trying to get a deal on the red brick car park from Monday to Friday. It is usually quiet there during the week.

"It is pretty important to for the staff who are having to pay a lot of money per day to park. It is not fair, they are being priced out."

Currently, it costs £5.50 to park in a Wycombe District Council-controlled town centre car park for a nine to five working day.

Speaking at last week’s Chamber of Commerce meeting, district councillor and former WDC leader Alex Collingwood said it is an option the council are keen to explore.

He said the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system, which is due to be rolled out in WDC’s Marlow car parks from next month, will make it easier to study the feasibility of the idea.

He added: "I will sit down with the chairman (of the Chamber) and we think there is a way that we can find a way for the staff to park.

"But we will have to work out the mechanics of how it will work. For instance we will need to work out if we need to organise specific permits."

With a long-awaited town-wide parking review hinging on data crunched from the ANPR system, Cllr Thomson also voiced fears that any decision to introduce parking meters on Marlow High Street would be disastrous for the town.

She said: "If the council installed parking meters on the High street then that would be the death of Marlow.

"We can park and move easily and it is free, unlike Henley. That is why people come here. We have a really great High Street here, it is unique."

But Cllr Collingwood dismissed this, reassuring her that anyone who came to the WDC cabinet with that idea would leave "with a flea in their ear".

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8:52am Mon 2 Jun 14

I know who I am says...

Its the same in High Wycombe. Wages in shops is not high enough for people to spend £5.00+ a day to park. This is a huge chunk out of wages over the course of a month.
Its the same in High Wycombe. Wages in shops is not high enough for people to spend £5.00+ a day to park. This is a huge chunk out of wages over the course of a month. I know who I am
  • Score: 9

9:13am Mon 2 Jun 14

katodeza says...

I sympathise with workers who have to fork out a large sum from their salaries - could not a 'season ticket' system be put into operation?
However I find workers who continually park in Deanfield Close - thus occupying spaces, when carers , ambulances, bonafide visitors have to struggle to park extremely selfish. Most of the occupants of this close are elderly or disabled.
I sympathise with workers who have to fork out a large sum from their salaries - could not a 'season ticket' system be put into operation? However I find workers who continually park in Deanfield Close - thus occupying spaces, when carers , ambulances, bonafide visitors have to struggle to park extremely selfish. Most of the occupants of this close are elderly or disabled. katodeza
  • Score: 3

6:13pm Mon 2 Jun 14

sparky49 says...

Maybe the employers should pay for their staff to park and include it in their wage package as an incentive. Lets be honest most senior managers have these as an incentive or a given.
Maybe the employers should pay for their staff to park and include it in their wage package as an incentive. Lets be honest most senior managers have these as an incentive or a given. sparky49
  • Score: 6

5:26pm Tue 3 Jun 14

RG2014 says...

If the council does not wish to be seen as using parking charges as the easiest of cash cows, perhaps they would like to put forward some constructive ideas for a change

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katodeza
Don't feel like the Lone Ranger.
There's any number of narrow streets in Marlow where parking is allowed on both sides, thus making it impossible for refuse lorries to get through, let alone any emergency vehicles

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sparky 49
I'm assuredly no accountant, but that would be classed as payment in kind and taxed accordingly, so not quite a simple as might first appear

Park-and-Ride schemes might work to some degree, but that just moves the parking problem to somewhere suitable out of town - like where?
If the council does not wish to be seen as using parking charges as the easiest of cash cows, perhaps they would like to put forward some constructive ideas for a change ============== katodeza Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. There's any number of narrow streets in Marlow where parking is allowed on both sides, thus making it impossible for refuse lorries to get through, let alone any emergency vehicles ==================== = sparky 49 I'm assuredly no accountant, but that would be classed as payment in kind and taxed accordingly, so not quite a simple as might first appear Park-and-Ride schemes might work to some degree, but that just moves the parking problem to somewhere suitable out of town - like where? RG2014
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6:27pm Tue 3 Jun 14

DonRockell says...

The question I would like to ask is

Why do all the car parks in Marlow have different tariffs for the same parking periods - Mind you they manage to put enough Traffic wardens on the Street to monitor them though
The question I would like to ask is Why do all the car parks in Marlow have different tariffs for the same parking periods - Mind you they manage to put enough Traffic wardens on the Street to monitor them though DonRockell
  • Score: 1

7:29pm Tue 3 Jun 14

gpn01 says...

Why not make all car parks free? No need for expensive to operate ticket machines and ticket inspectors. Redeploy traffic wardens so that they HELP people to find parking spaces, instead of penalising drivers.
Why not make all car parks free? No need for expensive to operate ticket machines and ticket inspectors. Redeploy traffic wardens so that they HELP people to find parking spaces, instead of penalising drivers. gpn01
  • Score: 6

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