A BUCKINGHAM shop-owner has called Bucks County Council’s decision to lock the Well Street Centre car park “mean and pointless” in the run-up to Christmas.
Warning notices went up last month at the former day centre, and the gates were permanently locked at 6pm on Wednesday.
Martin Hornsey, who owns The Courtyard At No 6, on Bridge Street, said, since the Well Street Centre closed, the car park had provided “much-needed parking at no cost to anyone”.
And he added: “With the busy Christmas shopping period coming up, it seems mean and pointless to lock the gates and make the already difficult parking situation even worse.
“Successive developments have made it almost impossible for visitors to town to find parking, to the expense of our shops, who pay extortionate business rates.
“Where is the harm in leaving the gates open? Only local people would use it, freeing up space for visitors. The last thing the poor old traders need is to lose money in December. If we don’t cash in on December, the outlook for the rest of the year is bleak.
“Milton Keynes must be absolutely delighted when councils do something like this!”
A county council spokesman said: “We have been advised by our legal department to make the property safe, including the car park that serves the building at Well Street. This is to protect the council against such things as damage, liability to persons or property that could occur on the property if left unlocked, and fly-tipping.”