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A new system of parking charges in Buckingham could see an end to the hazard of parked cars along Western Avenue, but will mean some shoppers pay more.

News of the scheme, which is set to be trialled in the summer, was announced yesterday, Thursday, following negotiations between Buckingham’s district councillors – Derrick Isham, Tim Mills, Howard Mordue and Robin Stuchbury – and cabinet member for civic amenities at Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) Brian Roberts.

If the six-month trial goes ahead, Western Avenue and Stratford Fields car parks will revert to being free of charge.

But in Cornwall’s Meadow car park there will be an end to free parking for the first hour.

Instead, the tariff will be 50p for up to three hours.

The current charge for up to three hours is 70p.

The charges for staying longer at Cornwall’s Meadow will be unchanged.

Mr Stuchbury said reintroducing free parking to Western Avenue and Stratford Fields would help people who cannot afford to park for work in Buckingham.

He said: “None of us got everything we wanted out of the negotiation but the principle of free parking is retained in Buckingham and we’ve solved some of the problem of on-street parking.

“It’s given Buckingham a window of opportunity to survive and I hope people will accept this.”