Fears price hike will cause drop in country park usage

Walkers at Great Notley Country Park

Walkers at Great Notley Country Park

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People may be put off using country parks due to excessive car park charges, a walk group leader has warned.

Essex County Council is increasing charges at its country parks, including Great Notley, from April 1 onwards.

Drivers at Great Notley currently pay £2 in the winter and £3 in the summer, but this will increase by 50p.

Geoff Farrow, chairman of the North West Essex Ramblers, said: “It’s OK if you want to go there for the whole day, but if you just want to go for an hour to walk the dog or go for a stroll it is ridiculous.

“I think they’ve lost the plot - they need to be careful because it is going to discourage people from going.”

Season ticket prices will remain unchanged and parking at Cressing Temple will still be free.

John Jowers, ECC cabinet member for libraries, communities and planning, said: “Increases in car park charges are made after considerable thought and in order to maintain good value."

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3:21pm Sat 15 Mar 14

pierre-pierre says...

I used to as a Blue Badge holder get free car park at the county park, now it is only those with a tax free car, so use Tesco car park and cross the road, but they are wise to it and have CCTV time limit parking
I used to as a Blue Badge holder get free car park at the county park, now it is only those with a tax free car, so use Tesco car park and cross the road, but they are wise to it and have CCTV time limit parking pierre-pierre
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10:36pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Kevman28 says...

There are several places you can park for free if you know the area. Hint - Underpass..... Maybe the pay hike would be a little better if the facilities were improved. The café is good in most ways but the queue for the ice cream needs to be addressed. Also, the upstairs loos are gross (use the ones downstairs). Also there has been a bees nest out the back for over a year now and they are not removing it because "they are not swarming or will attack people". Maybe so, but it does mean that everyone that goes near it points at it and runs off in fear. Not really ideal.
There are several places you can park for free if you know the area. Hint - Underpass..... Maybe the pay hike would be a little better if the facilities were improved. The café is good in most ways but the queue for the ice cream needs to be addressed. Also, the upstairs loos are gross (use the ones downstairs). Also there has been a bees nest out the back for over a year now and they are not removing it because "they are not swarming or will attack people". Maybe so, but it does mean that everyone that goes near it points at it and runs off in fear. Not really ideal. Kevman28
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12:19pm Mon 17 Mar 14

This-is-what-I-have-to-say says...

pierre-pierre wrote:
I used to as a Blue Badge holder get free car park at the county park, now it is only those with a tax free car, so use Tesco car park and cross the road, but they are wise to it and have CCTV time limit parking
So you are a blue badge holder which means you should get free parking?? Why should that be. I understand that a disabled person may not be able to walk as far as a non disabled person, and so should have spaces closer to the desired location, but to get free parking, I just don't get that.
But pierre-pierre, you say that you park at Tesco and then cross the road to use the park - I thought that to get a disabled badge, it meant that you were unable to walk over a certain, rather short distance?
[quote][p][bold]pierre-pierre[/bold] wrote: I used to as a Blue Badge holder get free car park at the county park, now it is only those with a tax free car, so use Tesco car park and cross the road, but they are wise to it and have CCTV time limit parking[/p][/quote]So you are a blue badge holder which means you should get free parking?? Why should that be. I understand that a disabled person may not be able to walk as far as a non disabled person, and so should have spaces closer to the desired location, but to get free parking, I just don't get that. But pierre-pierre, you say that you park at Tesco and then cross the road to use the park - I thought that to get a disabled badge, it meant that you were unable to walk over a certain, rather short distance? This-is-what-I-have-to-say
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5:31pm Thu 20 Mar 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Ol' Frenchie came over I assume to join the rest of the mob with the sense of self entitlement that permeates modern society. I would (rather less than politely) say "bugger off, mate" in this case.
Ol' Frenchie came over I assume to join the rest of the mob with the sense of self entitlement that permeates modern society. I would (rather less than politely) say "bugger off, mate" in this case. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 1

5:36pm Thu 20 Mar 14

/@|_|@\ says...

John Jowers, ECC cabinet member for libraries, communities and planning, said: “Increases in car park charges are made after considerable thought and in order to maintain good value."

What a prat. He says nothing of substance in grand political rhetorical style and what he does say is rubbish: he's going to charge me more to maintain good value? For whom? It would be even BETTER value if he were to charge me LESS but of course that makes no sense at all. To him, that is. Prat.
John Jowers, ECC cabinet member for libraries, communities and planning, said: “Increases in car park charges are made after considerable thought and in order to maintain good value." What a prat. He says nothing of substance in grand political rhetorical style and what he does say is rubbish: he's going to charge me more to maintain good value? For whom? It would be even BETTER value if he were to charge me LESS but of course that makes no sense at all. To him, that is. Prat. /@|_|@\
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6:02pm Thu 20 Mar 14

pierre-pierre says...

the rule for Blue Badge is how far can you walk unaided, I have to use walking aids, so that limits me to around the lakes

Most places I can park for free, some time limited, and I can also legally park on double yellow lines. but not every where, i.e not city of London or Westminster or Ipswich
Some are even weirder, Retford, in the car parks you must park in the marked spaces, but 20 yards away on the Public road park where you want

the book given with the badge is good and clear, but cant easily find it on the web, this official police one is good
https://www.askthe.p
olice.uk/content/Q38
8.htm
the rule for Blue Badge is how far can you walk unaided, I have to use walking aids, so that limits me to around the lakes Most places I can park for free, some time limited, and I can also legally park on double yellow lines. but not every where, i.e not city of London or Westminster or Ipswich Some are even weirder, Retford, in the car parks you must park in the marked spaces, but 20 yards away on the Public road park where you want the book given with the badge is good and clear, but cant easily find it on the web, this official police one is good https://www.askthe.p olice.uk/content/Q38 8.htm pierre-pierre
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