Collaboration on Marlow parking – a step forward!
Marlow Town Council (MTC) has advised us that on Wednesday, 17th January, a meeting on parking collaboration took place between themselves, Bucks County Council (BCC), and Wycombe District Council (WDC). MTC was represented by Jocelyn Towns, Town Mayor and Deputy Mayor Chris Funnell.
At the meeting, which MTC initiated, they reached agreement for all three parties to collaborate on the parking issues in Marlow. This might seem like common sense, but BCC are responsible for our roads, and WDC deal with the car parks – MTC have been pushing for some joined up thinking in this area for some time.
Jocelyn Towns said: “This was a historic day that we have fought for and we’re delighted that we now have a forum to move forward. The meeting was a great success.
“It’s been a long time coming, but now we have started the ball rolling, we will work closely with both Councils to find a way forward for Marlow. The other Councils listened to our issues, and I have great faith in this team.”
…. but charges for on-street parking still on the table.
Although the above is good news, the already planned Consultation on paid-for parking on the High Street and surrounding roads will go ahead and is planned for 9th February – 10th March. (For the back story on these proposals from BCC, which are strongly objected to by MTC and others, read here)
After discussions with BCC, MTC has persuaded them to move the date of the public consultation drop-in session away from Valentine’s Day to February 15th.
The session will run from 1.30 pm until 7.30pm in the Hall at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School. Officers from BCC will have hard copies of the proposed plans on display and will take public comments both on paper and electronically.
Jocelyn Towns, Marlow Town Mayor, says: “It is imperative that everyone who signed the petition to say NO completes the consultation to say WHY. BCC will launch the consultation on February 9th and we will have more information then but in the meantime please put February 15th firmly in your diaries.”