Creative thinking at car parking meeting

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Creative suggestions to help solve town centre parking problems include renting under-used space at schools and auctioning parking spaces to commuters.

The group tasked with improving on-street parking in Buckingham held a meeting at Buckingham Community Centre on Wednesday night.

County councillor Warren Whyte, who chairs the Local Area Forum and alsoheads up the working group looking to find solutions to the town’s parking problems, said the group has “no desire to bring in parking charges”.

But, he added, only a small amount of money is available to make any changes.

Suggestions included removing the loading bay opposite Tesco, cutting the time limit on free parking spaces to 30 minutes, removing the taxi bay by the Old Gaol and using parked cars as a chicane to slow traffic in West Street.

Owner of Body Matters beauty salon in Well Street, Anita Stubbings,suggested ‘doing deals’ with schools and other landowners, to allow residents to use their car parking spaces in the evenings and at weekends.

She said: “Residents, certainly down Well Street, are happy to pay to park their cars somewhere safer.”

Town councillor Jon Harvey said, tongue in cheek, that money could be raised by auctioning off a number of parking spaces to commuters.