We have just received the following from Bucks County Council, and it is brilliant news that they will NOT be imposing paid-for on-street parking in our town centre. You may recall that there was a huge campaign from Marlow Town Council, Marlow Chamber of Commerce and others, a petition signed by 7,500 residents and then direct responses to a follow on consultation. (Catch up on this here!)
We know there was a LOT of behind the scenes work by Mayor Jocelyn Towns and Deputy Mayor Chris Funnell – and others, leading to this result
Mayor Jocelyn told us “The Power of the People, I can’t tell you how elated I feel with this result, it is fantastic for the Town and just shows how working together, fighting for what we believed in has paid off. This result will keep the Town vibrant for years to come. I would like to thank everyone individually that supported us, and would also like to thank the Marlow Society and the Chamber as together we achieved this.”
Well done to those involved in the campaign, and every resident who took the time to object!!
Full Release from Bucks County Council
“Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) has collated and reviewed all of the responses from the consultation about proposed parking measures for Marlow Town Centre, which included the possible implementation of pay and display to control limited waiting parking.
The majority of residents – as well as businesses, the Town Council and the local County Councillor – made their opposition to paid parking very clear, and so TfB will not be implementing this element of the proposed parking plan.
Councillor Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, commented: “The strength of feeling against paid parking on-street in Marlow came through loud and clear, so we will not be taking forward these proposals at the current time. We never wanted to impose anything that would be detrimental to the town, and will continue to look for options to better manage parking in this busy and thriving town centre.”
The County Council will shortly be consulting formally on limited parking restrictions around Marlow, designed to improve road safety and congestion at junctions, as part of the wider consultation on parking.”