Parish Council votes to double parking charges for visitors to Odiham

by simon quarrell on Wednesday 24th January

The PC voted on Monday evening to double the short term charges in the car parks, so it will cost £1 for up to 60 minutes. The promoters of this idea, Councillors Horton and Ebert, stated that this would benefit local retailers - which is curious given that they haven't consulted either retailers or the OTMG on this, and it seems common sense that users of the shops, who are short term visitors to the village, are less likely to be encouraged to come if its going to cost them twice as much.

Fortunately the final decision is with Hart, and I am sure that the retailers and the OTMG will make sure Hart gets a view that reflects reality.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that the same amount as it costs to park for 60 mins in Festival place in Basingstoke? It may not be the most pleasant shopping experience in the world but surely if people have to pay the same to shop in a large shopping center with a huge selection of shops that cover pretty much ALL of their needs then they're more likely to go that extra few miles rather than pay the same for a High Street with a relatively small cross section of retailers. How could this possibly benefit the local retailers? Have Councillors Horton and Ebert ever actually been in Odiham High Street, let alone spoken to/taken notice of the opinions of the retailers - sometimes I wonder!

Submitted by cathy on Wed, 2007-01-24 22:21.

I'd rather drive to Fleet and pay 50p for an hour of parking, with a large variety of shops, or I can use the short stay free parking if I'm in a rush.

We have to face reality here, Odiham is NOT a major shopping destination, rather, what it has to offer is it's uniqueness - a historical High Street with an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants.

If anything, the cost of parking has to be decreased and the availability of parking increased.

One can only wonder what planet the Parish Council is living on, because it certainly isn't the same planet as the majority of people who live in the parish!

Submitted by matthew on Wed, 2007-01-24 23:24.