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Pay-by-phone charges proposed for Thatcham town centre

West Berkshire Council says charges are result of "severe financial pressures "

Pay-by-phone charges proposed for Thatcham town centre

NEW pay-by-phone parking charges could be introduced in Thatcham town centre as West Berkshire Council looks to further increase its income.

The cash-strapped district council is proposing a £1 charge to park for one hour in the Broadway and High Street.

However, the council added that the first 30 minutes would be free, in order to help mitigate the impact on local traders who rely on passing trade.

The council added that “charging for on-street parking and limiting the periods of parking would encourage a turnover of available parking spaces, which could assist local traders”.

The charges would apply between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday, but not in the Broadway centre on Fridays when the market is held. 

Parking will be free at all other times.  

The council said that people wishing to pay with cash could park in the council-run Kingsland Centre car park, where it costs 80p for up to one hour.

Outlining the reason for introducing the new charges, the council said: “The proposal is the result of severe financial pressures and will enable additional income generated to be used to continue to secure expeditious, convenient and safe movement of traffic and adequate parking facilities on and off the public highway.”

Comments and objections should be sent to the council’s traffic and highways team by emailing trafficandroadsafety@westberks.gov.uk 

Responses should be sent no later than Thursday, February 8. 

Thatcham Town Council will discuss the charges at a meeting tonight (Tuesday, January 30) starting at 6.30pm in the council chamber at Brownsfield Road.. 

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  • NewburyDenizen

    01/02/2018 - 17:05

    Drive through the place loads, almost daily at one point, never stopped, charging for parking is only going to guarantee that I never do. Good thing I can get everything I want delivered to my door.

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  • grumpy

    31/01/2018 - 11:11

    Who would want to go to Thatcham when Newbury is just up the road ?

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  • Justin S

    31/01/2018 - 09:09

    Its just a sign of total desperation , in charging people to park and use the local shops and services. Given half a chance they would probably charge you for using litter bins next. There are shops around that you don't need to pay for parking and that will just make the place more like a ghost town as time progresses, then the council cant collect rates from shops that don't exist and further their financial mis-management of money.

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  • newsouls

    30/01/2018 - 14:02

    You have to pay everywhere else now. Basingstoke is only £1.20 pr hr and Newbury £1.50. Why go to newbury with all the shops basingstoke have to offer. Sadly Newbury and Thatcham will go out of business as more people go elsewhere for better shops etc

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    • Bombey

      30/01/2018 - 19:07

      err, maybe because Newbury is on the doorstep, Basingstoke a round trip of 30 miles...

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      • danny2300

        30/01/2018 - 20:08

        Sill worth the trip. Newbury has nothing to offer unless you are interested in crap shops, overpriced parking (90p per hour up north), and money wasted on events that may or may not happen. Businesses are leaving, shops are not wanting to join (unless you are a restaurant or hairdressers of some sort). The problems we have are the council and people who still feel that Newbury's draw is that of being a market town. Nope....that's long gone. Newbury has nothing of value and has been in that position for a while. Thatcham parking has always been in a position where not paying for parking is simple....park behind the co-op. Privately owned land and loads of spaces. Even had the parking warden allow me to park on the hatch markings when the majority of spaces were filled.

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        • Bombey

          31/01/2018 - 00:12

          blimey. Its 60 pence cheaper per hour to park up North...I'm surprised there hasn't already been a mass exodus. Bolton here we come. Market town? Lived in Newbury 40 years & never once bought a thing in a 'market'. So Newbury has nothing of value...but your still here. Hmmmm...

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      • danny2300

        30/01/2018 - 20:08

        Sill worth the trip. Newbury has nothing to offer unless you are interested in crap shops, overpriced parking (90p per hour up north), and money wasted on events that may or may not happen. Businesses are leaving, shops are not wanting to join (unless you are a restaurant or hairdressers of some sort). The problems we have are the council and people who still feel that Newbury's draw is that of being a market town. Nope....that's long gone. Newbury has nothing of value and has been in that position for a while. Thatcham parking has always been in a position where not paying for parking is simple....park behind the co-op. Privately owned land and loads of spaces. Even had the parking warden allow me to park on the hatch markings when the majority of spaces were filled.

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