Swan Pool parking charges could hit school and youth centre

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INCREASING concern over proposed parking charges at the Swan Pool from Buckingham Youth Centre and the secondary school has prompted action from town councillors.

Leisure centre managers the Aylesbury Vale Community Trust has asked Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) to put in place a traffic order for ticketing machines to be installed in the car park after complaints from leisure centre users they were unable to find a parking space.

The decision has been called in by town and district councillor Robin Stuchbury and will be discussed at a meeting of the district council’s economy scrutiny committee on July 18.

At an extraordinary meeting of Buckingham Town Council yesterday, Monday, councillors agreed to write to the district council, outlining the effects parking charges would have on users of the youth centre, the school and the town’s residents.

Town councillor Jon Harvey said: “I hope we as a body will say it is a crazy idea, it shouldn’t happen and there must be a way of solving the problem via other means. I fear if car parking charges are brought in the knock-on effect on local residents will be severe and will be the same as what happened on Western Avenue.”

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