Buckingham votes to throw out parking study

Cllr Robin Stuchbury,left and his son Jack Stuchbury from Buckingham.'110414M-D333
Cllr Robin Stuchbury,left and his son Jack Stuchbury from Buckingham.'110414M-D333
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BUCKINGHAM Town Council has rejected the findings of a study on parking and sustainable transport it commissioned.

The study was carried out by Aylesbury Vale Advantage Ltd, at the request of the town council, and included a street survey of shoppers last November. It was funded by a grant from central government.

The results of the study run into a 90-page document, which the town council voted to reject at its meeting on Monday.

Town councillor Robin Stuchbury told the Advertiser: “The main part of it was based on bringing in parking charges and recommending parking restrictions to be introduced over the whole of the town.

“My personal opinion is that it’s likely to charge people completely out of the town centre.

“Our passing trade would be a thing of the past.

“It is my sincere regret this study doesn’t do what we hoped as a town council, and offer practical and sincere solutions to parking in Buckingham, but offers the opportunity for another authority to raise revenue from the citizens of Buckingham.”

But councillor Paul Hirons, said: “We’ve thrown it all away but I don’t think that’s necessarily a sensible idea. There were some things in it I felt were good, such as improving cycleways.

“People get very emotional about parking but I think some of the ideas in the report will have to be done because there’s so much development to come.

“The district council has allowed all this development without doing anything about the infrastructure.”