Local MP – Geoffrey Clifton-Brown – recently organised a summit to address the problems surrounding car parking capacity in the town of Chipping Campden. In attendance were representatives from the Town, County and District Council, business owners, members of the Business Forum, members of the Campden Society and residents.
There was an important presentation from the town’s traders who had commissioned an in-depth study into parking, which included monitoring the number of used spaces with the aid of vehicle registration recognition software along with the old-fashioned method of door-knocking – which received 56 responses. The results of the study were startling. In January, the High Street experienced a 92% occupancy level – clearly in the summer the High Street will be over capacity.
Ultimately, extra car parking space must be made available. A solution identified by the Campden Society was the Wolds End site that could provide 58 additional parking spaces. To turn this site from its current state into a car park would cost approximately £300,000 and the District Council could take out a loan from the public loan board to repay over 30 years at a 5.6% interest rate. The car park would need to generate £16,000 a year for this to be possible – an achievable figure at £1 per day per space.
The Campden Business Forum are now organising a meeting date with the Town Council to further push for decisive action to the parking problem. Local businessman – Dale Fletcher – thanked Mr Clifton-Brown for his ‘considerable support to date on this matter.’
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