Despite overwhelming support for Marlow Town Council’s ‘Say No to Paid Parking’ campaign, all 7,500 votes in the petition only count as one, according to Bucks County Council (BCC), which wants to push on with the plan.
Marlow residents and visitors from throughout the area said a resounding ‘NO’ to Bucks County Council’s plan to instigate paid-for parking in the centre of the town late last year. Marlow Town Council is now urging people to ‘Say Why’ in a new campaign to satisfy the next stage of consultation.
“It’s clear from the reaction of the people of Marlow that the vast majority are against paid-for on-street parking. But their votes – all 7,500 of them – are being counted as only one,” Mayor Jocelyn Towns said. “That doesn’t seem right and we’re protesting against it.
“But there’s still time for us to stop this plan – by coming out in force to give the reasons WHY we’re against it. We’re calling on everyone who voted – and more – to participate in the consultation and give their reasons for saying no. By doing this we’ll prove to BCC that our petition has value – when we said NO, we meant NO.”
The Consultation on paid-for parking on the High Street and surrounding roads is planned to take place from 9th February – 10th March, with a drop-in session at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School on Thursday, 15th February from 1.30 – 7.30 pm.
The online link for people to have their say will be made public on Friday, 9th February. Any responses prior to this will not be counted.