As part of the wider changes to Burnham Station owing to Crossrail and other changes to the local road network by Slough Borough Council, a new 41-space council-owned and managed car park is due to open in the near future, and construction of the car park has already completed.
Before it opens, the council has opened a consultation into the Proposed Order for charges for the car parking. As residents in the local area will know well, the community suffers a great deal from issues with parking, and this is put under pressure from commuters using the station. Since 2012/2013 passenger usage has grown by nearly 15% at the station, with an average now of over 3800 passengers per day.
The council is proposing the following charging structure:
Weekday (any time): £5.00
Weekday (10am-4pm); £3.00
Saturday or Sunday: £3.00
Public holiday: £3.00
Season tickets – valid 24 hours, Monday – Friday
3 months: £300.00
6 months: £600.00
12 months: £1100.00
Note - free parking will be available for up to 3 hours for blue badge holders and for up to 1 hour for electric or hybrid vehicles while being charged.
On principle we agree that the parking is needed, and that the council needs to fund the maintenance and control demand. However we are concerned that the season-ticket pricing does not encourage Monday to Friday commuters to pay less than the daily charge of £5, and as such may have an impact on discouraging usage at all by regular commuters who may feel they would be better off continuing to park in local residential roads to save the charge.
We would like to hear your views on this - so please get in contact using the form below. You can also speak to any of your local Haymill and Lynch Hill councillors in regards to this or any other local matter, their details can be found below:
Cllr Paul Kelly - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Anna Wright - email@example.com
Cllr Wayne Strutton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents can also view the proposed order, and a plan showing the area of land affected and a statement of the traffic authority's reasons for making the Order free of charge at the locations listed below during normal working hours (excluding bank holidays and public holidays).
- St Martins Place, 51 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3UF;
- My Council, Landmark Place, High Street, Slough, SL1 1JL; and
- Library @ The Curve, William Street, Slough SL1 1XY
We would then encourage residents to make representations on their views on the Proposed Order by writing to the address below. The objection must be made in writing, stating the grounds on which it is made, and must be sent so as to arrive by Thursday 9th August.
Head of Transport & Highways, Slough Borough Council, St Martins Place, 51 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3UF