Wiltshire Council has consulted on charges for car parks across the county, including the car park at Southwick Country Park. The proposed rate at Southwick is: £0.80 for an hour, £1.30 for two and £2.70 for three.
Anybody who walks in the park for a couple of hours, twice a week, will pay over the course of a year more than £130. People who walk their dogs or train there daily are looking at double that. To levy a charge on otherwise free exercise seems perverse from a Council that reviewed and updated its Active Health web page just last month.
The huge expense involved in surfacing and marking out the car park, installing a ticket machine, lighting and security will surely outweigh any revenue from the proposed charges for years to come.
David Bird, walking his spaniel Moss, in the park, said, “My first thoughts are that people just won’t come here and those that do will park on the road.”
“What! For this car park?” said Jade Perry walking with her friend and their toddlers, “I wouldn’t come.”
The public consultation (Amendments to the Wiltshire Local Transport Plan 2011- 2026; Car Parking Strategy) ended on 23rd November but the cabinet meeting at which at the decisions will finally be made is on January 18th.
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