A number of Society members have recently expressed concerns about the use of the Car Park in Murray Road. It appears that it has become increasingly difficult to park when visiting daytime functions at the Ottershaw village hall or visiting the local shops.
During week days the Car Park is quite often full with long-term parkers from approx 8.30am onwards. No survey has been done, but users clearly include workers at nearby businesses and shops and also people who are now “commuting” to St Peter’s Hospital to avoid charges there.
As it has had a severe effect on the Hall operations, the Ottershaw Village Hall Committee has written to Runnymede BC (RBC) suggesting the introduction a limited free period (possibly 3 hrs) followed by charging as a way of freeing space for shorter-term users.
When the possibility of charging was last raised a few years ago the Society, as did a number of other organisations, objected strongly. RBC in response this time have said that there will have to be some extensive consultation locally over this including those who objected previously.
So what do you think?
There are 43 spaces with an additional 3 spaces for disabled people.
- Should there be parking charges applied to the Car park?
- Should there be variable charges applied i.e. So much time free?
- Should we continue the status quo, no fee?
- Are there any other solutions?
Other things in the equation:
Will charging in the Murray Road Car Park move the problem elsewhere? To the village roads or to the other car parks in the village (one at Timber Hill and the two at the Memorial Fields)
Might charging be extended to these other car parks as well.
Your thoughts and comments are encouraged.
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