Consultation reveals 84% of people against Royal Parks' parking charges

More than 80% of people are against a Royal Parks proposal to introduce car-parking charges in Richmond Park and Bushy Park.

The results of the Royal Parks' consultation into changes in its regulations have revealed that 84% of respondents are against proposed car-parking charges in Richmond and Bushy parks.

The Amending the Royal Parks Regulations: Public Consultation document — released last week — showed that many respondents believed car-parking charges would reduce use of the parks.

Issues raised around the introduction of car-parking charges included:

  • Potential for discouraging visitors
  • Public transport problems
  • Impact on areas around the parks eg displacement parking and congestion
  • Impact on quality of visit, eg taking away the pleasure of a visit
  • Possibility of a more flexible charging structure eg only charging during peak periods
  • Cost of setting up the scheme

A total of 1,986 people responded to the formal consultation, which closed in May, along with a further five petitions containing 13,000 signatures against the parking charges.

Petitions were supported by MPs including Justine Greening, Susan Kramer and Vince Cable, as well as a petition card organised by Wandsworth Council.

Two petitions on the No 10 website received 5,762 signatures.

The first No 10 Richmond Park petition called on prime minister Gordon Brown to take action against the proposals.

The second No 10 petition suggested the idea of a preferential season-ticket scheme.

A decision on the plans is due by the end of the year.

 

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