We need to tell Bucks CC WHY we don’t want paid parking on our streets!

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Just after the link to give your objection, and say WHY? Then just click here.  For more detail, read on….

Bucks County Council (BCC) want to make turn Marlow High Street and other town centre roads into “Pay and Display” zones for parking. 

Marlow Town council, The Chamber of Trade, the Marlow Society, and indeed MyMarlow are against the plans to scrap free parking. This has been made very vocal and very clear since plans were announced. The parking charges would go straight to BCC,  with Marlow seeing none of the income.

7,500 residents signed a petition against the plans…. and BCC have said this counts as just ONE objection!  So, we need more objections, and now is the time since the online consultation has just opened.

parkling go online and say why

Go online and say WHY

We don’t want Paid Parking on Marlow streets, and we need to tell BCC why!  Follwo the link below to lodge your objection (impact on town centre shops, likely to make you/others shop elsewhere.. ). It’s really important you give a reason, since BCC say “IF YOU ARE FORMALLY OBJECTING YOU MUST GIVE GROUNDS FOR YOUR OBJECTION”

Is there a reason to object?

Well …… some of the reasons the people of Marlow and surrounding areas are against paid-for parking in the centre of town for reasons including the following:

  • Paid-for parking on the streets in central Marlow means meters everywhere (they will be those which need a smartphone, which can discriminate against the elderly and the disabled)
  • High Streets all over the country are dying due to the introduction of parking charges on central streets
  • On-street charges kill spontaneity – people won’t stop to go to the bank, pick up a coffee or pop into the post office   
  • There is no valid data supporting paid-for parking in Marlow – BCC’s study is fundamentally flawed. 
  • BCC commissioned a report with a methodology that prescribed that at certain times surveys must not take place and at all costs school holidays should be avoided. The survey they used as a basis for this plan went against both of these!
  • The plan to introduce paid-for parking in Marlow streets discriminates against the disabled, the elderly and young mums
  • Paid-for parking would destroy the vibrancy of the town
  • We have a system that works so ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’
  • The current system in Marlow brings in many visitors and shoppers to the town, which helps to maintain our independent stores
  • The current traffic flow works well
  • 7,500 people have already said they don’t want paid-for parking in Marlow’s streets

Other Ways to Object

OR for advice or to understand how to submit a paper form contact Marlow Town Council on 01628 484024 OR EMAIL office@marlow-tc.gov.uk

Attend the Drop In Meeting

There is a drop in meeting, hosted by BCC regarding the plans on Thursday 15th February 1.30-7.30, Sir William Borlase School, West Street, Marlow, Bucks


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Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded MyMarlow.co.uk in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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