Many people in the area were concerned about plans to bring evening and Sunday car park charges in Cirencester. They would obviously have had an effect on people coming to services in all of the churches.

We have received a Press Release from Cotswold District Conservatives on Cotswold District Council, and we are forwarding the relevant information to you:

“The extended consultation period closed yesterday on possible changes to some parking charges in Cotswold District Council car parks.

Council Leader, Lynden Stowe, said “We would like to thank all those who took the time to write with their comments. It’s clear that the car parking services provided are highly valued by many people – local residents, shoppers, traders and visitors alike. It’s good that so many have written making very constructive feedback – in particular about how important the social and community life is in our towns.   I’ve always said that there is no point in consulting unless you’re prepared to listen to sensible, well-reasoned comments and respond accordingly.”

Cllr Stowe added: “Whilst it was reassuring to learn last week – in a study

of 1000 UK Towns – that Cirencester is one of the most resilient towns in the country, the coalition government are making it clear that economic prospects are less optimistic than when the car park consultations began nearly three months ago. As a council we’ve always recognised that for most people “every penny counts” – that’s why we’re not going to proceed with most of the proposals.”

Cllr David Fowles, Cabinet Member for Environment and Parking said “In listening and responding to the people of the Cotswolds, we’ve decided that now is not the right time to extend or increase parking charges in all of our car parks. The only exception will be at the Brewery Car Park in the middle of Cirencester, where we will introduce flat rates of £1.50 for both evening parking and all day on Sundays. At the same time we propose to make it easier for people to pay by installing new payment machines in this car park that accept credit and debit cards. Charges in all other CDC car parks will remain the same as they are today.”   Cllr Fowles added: “Now is the time to support our local economy by using our excellent local shops and facilities in our first-class market towns.”

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