DISCUSSIONS over the future of car parking charges in Greyhound Lane in Winslow are continuing this week following a meeting between mayor Llew Monger and Aylesbury Vale District Council representatives.
At a meeting of Winslow Town Council on Thursday last week, councillors drew up a list of key points to be raised with AVDC at a meeting which was held on Wednesday this week. The points included:
>> The council was unanimous in its view that the introduction of charges would be detrimental to the economic wellbeing of the town;
>> A previous attempt to introduce charges had lead to displacement parking to the Public Hall car park and nearby streets to the detriment of other users of that car park and to local residents;
>> A petition with 2,186 signatures had been presented to AVDC - believed to be the most number of signatures presented to AVDC on any subject.
Other points were that Winslow could not be compared to Aylesbury and Buckingham which had a ‘much greater retail draw’ and that taxpayers in Winslow were supporting the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre through their council tax despite residents preferring to attend Milton Keynes Theatre.
Members have also asked AVDC to investigate the possibility of the town council purchasing or leasing the car park.
Mr Monger met with council leader John Cartwright and director Tracey Aldworth on Wednesday.
He said: “Various options were considered which will be reported back to Winslow Town Council. We expect to have further discussions with AVDC next week and I remain hopeful of a positive outcome.”