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
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.
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
Town Mayor and