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Public Meeting Tonight – Micro Park and Ride at Clayfield Copse

Tonight at 6.45pm I will be hosting a public meeting on the Council’s proposals for a “micro park and ride scheme” at Clayfield Copse. The meeting will take place in the Emmer Green Youth and Community Centre, Chiltern Court, off St Barnabas Road. At my request, the Deputy Head of Highways and Transport, Ruth Leuillette, will be attending to explain the Council’s thinking on the plans and to take questions.

Since I first spotted the plans at Cabinet on 11 June and raised a series of objections I have been overwhelmed by the level of support which I and my colleague Cllr Jane Stanford-Beale have received. We started a petition which has been taken door to door around the area and local people have joined us in getting signatures and publicising the public meeting. Around 100 people also turned up at the car park to protest.

The plans are for NCP to take over the running of the car park and install pay and display machines. The first two hours would be free of charge but a £4 charge would be levied for longer than two hours and the ticket could be used to ride on the buses. The proposal was that this should apply from Monday to Saturday but since our campaign, and that in Palmer Park, began the Labour administration has indicated that it would consider charges only applying from Monday to Friday. However, since the administration has just agreed to scrap all Sunday and Bank Holiday concessions at its existing NCP run car parks many people fear that the initial free parking period would not last long!

If you can, please come along to the meeting at 6.45pm tonight.

You can read more in the Reading Post here and the Reading Chronicle here.

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July 2, 2012 - Posted by | Local

1 Comment »

  1. I would just like to say thank you so very much for everything you have done Richard and for your update email this evening. My family and I were against the council idea as it would have spoilt Clayfield Copse. Well done on your successful campaign and for standing up for our community.

    Comment by Claire | July 3, 2012 | Reply


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