Update on Free Parking

Published: 02 March 2022

Free Weekend Parking Update

Princes Risborough Town Council regrets to inform you that free parking in the Horns Lane and The Mount car parks will cease from the 31st March 2022 with charges being reintroduced from 1st April 2022. Please see the following statement from your Town Mayor and Chairman, Councillor Andy Ball, for an explanation as to why:

“As your Town Mayor and Chairman, it is my duty to inform you, our town's residents, that as of the 31st March 2022 our free weekend parking will cease.

I am extremely sorry and disappointed that the Town Council has had to make this decision. In the past 2 years, we have been able to offer this free service following a grant from Buckinghamshire Council to fund this initiative.  Unfortunately, this has not been the case this year.

Buckinghamshire Council owns and maintains the two car parks situated at Horns Lane and the Mount. This financial year Buckinghamshire Council wanted approximately £49,000 to carry on with this free weekend parking.

In order to fund this, we would have had to have charged our taxpayers an extra £12.98 per year* (based on an average band D property).  

At a meeting in January, where we agreed on budgets for the upcoming financial year, our twelve Councillors and I voted unanimously to cease free parking as we felt it was not a viable cost in the current economic climate.

We agreed on a 3.8% increase in our precept, the free parking would have meant a 16.3% increase which no councillor agreed with.

Please remember from the 1st April 2022 to purchase a ticket to park in car parks at the weekend, as well as in the week, the last thing I would want to see is our motorists receiving a parking fine.

The easiest way I find to pay for parking is to download the RingGo app.

Councillor Andy Ball
Town Mayor and Chairman