Thursday, 16 September 2021

Commuters taking car park bays

THE cost of using the Wheel Orchard car park in Goring could increase.

The parish council is to ask South Oxfordshire District Council, which owns the car park off Station Road, to raise its charges to deter rail commuters from parking there all day.

It also wants the maximum stay to be reduced from 10 hours to four.

At present drivers are allowed to park free for the first hour and then pay 80p for up to two hours, £2 for up to five and £3.40 for up to 10.

The council says these charges are why many of the 57 bays are taken up by people who work in Reading or London while people making short visits to shop in Goring struggle to find a parking place, which affects the local economy.

It wants the first hour to remain free but for the price for longer stays to go up.

Villager Stephanie Bridle spoke against the idea at a parish council meeting last week.

She said: “We are a tourist village and people like to be able to park at the Wheel Orchard before going off on a long country walk.”

Council chairman Kevin Bulmer said: “There’s no perfect solution but we can only tackle one problem at a time.

“The problem we currently face is that people are staying too long and stopping people from using the shops.”

l Parking at the Wheel Orchard car park will be free on the first four Saturdays in December to encourage people to shop locally for Christmas.

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