Sunday, 22 October 2017

Parents abuse free parking

PARENTS have been accused of abusing free parking when taking their children to the toddler playground in Henley.

They are currently entitled to a free hour if they use one of the 10 designated spaces next to the playground in Mill Meadows.

However, the town council is planning to introduce a charge of £1.20 an hour because it says parents frequently overstay the hour. It estimates the move could generate an extra £10,000 per annum income.

The move comes after complaints by parents that a lot of the equipment in the play area has been out of action on health and safety grounds for months as the council has been considering a £135,000 refurbishment.

Town clerk Mike Kennedy told a meeting of the council’s recreation and amenities committee on Tuesday that information signs at the car park were ambiguous and the spaces difficult to monitor.

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