PARKING METERS IN ASHTEAD
Did you know that Surrey County Council are planning to introduce approximately 60 parking meters in Ashtead at £1 an hour in The Street, Craddocks’ Parade and Lower Rectory Lane? The decision will be made this December with implementation in February 2012.
All our Ashtead Councillors, Independents and Conservatives, and The Head of Mole Valley District Council, Cllr. James Friend, are fighting this proposal and SAVE (since we are an apolitical campaign group) of course supports them all.
“Save Ashtead’s Village Environment” vehemently opposes this proposal because it would:
- Discourage shoppers from using the local shops, including the independent traders. Parking payment will be required regardless of how long you stop. So when buying a loaf of bread or a bunch of flowers, pick up your dry cleaning or topping up at the convenience stores a minimum parking payment of 50p will be required. This means your loaf of bread may cost your 40% more!
- Push shoppers who want to avoid the charge to park in the already over-crowded residential side- streets, causing chaos and congestion.
- Put even more pressure on the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall and Grove Road Car Parks.
- We believe the revenue SCC are looking for can be raised much more effectively in other ways. MVDC are keen to work with SCC to agree ways of increasing revenue that do not undermine the local traders.
- Keeping our local shops in business is important to the community of Ashtead. We know that many of the traders are very concerned that these charges will negatively impact their trade and believe that this could make all the difference to them.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
To oppose these proposals you can SIGN THE PETITION by Friday 25th March, in many local shops; including Temptations Jewellery, Ashtead Quality Dry Cleaners, Ashtead Fruiterers, Bumbles and Watsons Bakers, all in The Street, plus Lloyds Chemist in Craddocks Parade and Ashtead News in Woodfield Lane.
The petition has been drawn up by Cllr. Chris Hunt, under the campaign name KAMF – Keep Ashtead Meter Free!
The online petition can be signed at petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/ParkingCharges until March 23.