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Priority parking may help village
4:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
PEOPLE living in Bourton and the surrounding area could be given priority parking if a new initiative gets the go-ahead.
Parish councillors were spurred into action to look at new parking schemes after calls were made by residents to make 25 parking spaces at Glebe House into priority parking for locals who were there to shop but struggled to find anywhere to park.
The idea was first mooted at last month’s council meeting, after resident Mollie Wise said parking in the tourist hotspot was difficult, especially for elderly residents and people from nearby villages.
But after discussing the issue at the traffic and footpaths committee, councillor Bill Wragge said they had come up with a compromise.
“We looked at one suggestion, taking up the whole of Glebe House,” he said. “But we thought that was excessive.
“We thought of a compromise, half an hour parking from the China shop to the café and to include the parking spots here on Station Road and make them all half-an-hour.
“I think it’s a reasonable compromise. People are going to Stow to shop and they are not coming here because they can’t park – and that’s losing trade.”
Chairman Bryan Sumner said: “You can park for two hours next to the river next to the green between 9am and 11am every day. If you want to take two hours to do your shopping, get up and do it.
“The village was created 200 or 300 years ago when vehicles were not created. It’s impossible, you’re not going to win on this one.”
Resident Trish King, who lives in the High Street, said: “For some residents it’s very difficult to actually live and park in the village.
“I’m sorry you can’t find more residents’ parking. The village would benefit from some restrictions.”
The matter will now be taken up with Gloucestershire Highways.
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