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1,400 sign car park petition
4:20pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
MORE than 1,400 people have signed a “Save our Car Park” petition to stop pay-and-display charges being introduced in Uptonupon-Severn.
Traders fear anything but a “nominal” charge for using the Old Street car park would hit local businesses hard.
They are concerned Upton Town Council will “sell out” by leasing it to Malvern Hills District Council, which would run it as a pay-and-display.
Upton Tourism and Trade Association (UTTA), which has gathered the signatures in two weeks, believes the public should be given a say in its future.
Chairman Annette Keyworth has written to the town council, calling on it to let people know exactly what options are on the table for the car park’s future. “The number of signatures should give an indication as to the strength of feeling,” she said. The district council taking over the car park on a 30- year lease, with the town council receiving an annual rent, initially between £300-£500, is one option. Mrs Keyworth is calling for a meeting with the town council so the community can understand what other options are available.
Town clerk Jo Adams said the council was keen to get residents’ views, but it first wanted to hold its own workshop so councillors could fully understand and discuss the options.
The car park will be discussed at a town council meeting, open to the public, at the Memorial Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm where a decision could be made.