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.