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Cheap parking campaign for Christchurch revived by council consultation
12:00pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A FIERCE campaign calling for two hours of parking for £1 in Christchurch could be considered again by the council.
The town’s Chamber of Trade and Commerce re-launched their battle for cheaper parking last month after a petition gathered 5,500 signatures from residents and traders in December last year.
Despite the number of local supporters, councillors, refused the scheme in early 2013, saying they may revisit it in the future.
However, Christchurch Council is now calling for residents’ and visitors’ views on the proposal.
Councillor Claire Bath, portfolio holder for economy at the council, said: “The Chamber of Trade has gathered signatures in a petition asking for a £1 charge for two hours’ parking in our town centre car parks.
“We are keen to work with the chamber to increase footfall in our town and use of our car parks. The proposal may mean that anyone parking for a shorter time than two hours would still have to pay £1. We would like to know how people feel about this and whether they support the proposal.”
The council introduced a £1 fee for overnight parking in two centre car parks as part of their parking scheme despite concerns.
President of the chamber, Peter Watson-Lee, said: “We have already had some meetings with the council, and they are positively considering the proposal, which is a big step forward.”
In early September, Bournemouth Council launched its own scheme offering two hours of parking for £1 in many of the town’s car parks.
Mr Watson-Lee said: “Now that Bournemouth are doing this, we don’t want to fall out of step.”
For more information, or to fill in the questionnaire, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C855Q9F Paper copies are also available at the Christchurch Civic Offices, Tourist Information Centre and Two Riversmeet Leiure Centre.
Responses should be returned by 5pm on October 22.
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