Monmouth and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce

County Council grant three free parking days in the run up to Christmas

David Cummings, Chairman of Monmouth and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce commented : "We are very pleased to inform businesses , shoppers and residents of Monmouth that we have again been granted three free parking days in MCC pay and display car parks in the run up to Christmas. Many thanks to MCC and in particular to Cllr Phil Hobson and county council officer Roger Hoggins for their help in securing the free parking days .

The Chamber committee have chosen the Saturdays of 30th November and 7th and 14th December. Please put those dates in your diary now and enjoy the benefits of shopping pre Christmas for less. The free parking Saturdays are a key part of the Chamber's new Buy Local campaign. Keep a look out for our new logo and advert in the local press early next month".

Chamber’s concerns over parking availability....

Chamber press statements 4th November

David Cummings, Chairman of Monmouth and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce commented “In response to last week’s articles in the Beacon, the Chamber very much welcomes the return of the market to the Shire Hall, but shares the grave concerns of residents of the Burgage over the plans that have been passed for the Dixton Road clinic site. Both topics have a car parking issue to them.

Saturdays with reopening of the Shire Hall market are likely to be the busiest day in the week in town from now on. It is important that with the reopening of the market and at least six shops over the next few weeks that we make it easier for shoppers to park. I would strongly be in favour of examining the possibility of using the Comprehensive School bus pull in as a free parking area for shop workers and those who can walk into town, to be used on Saturdays and in school holidays . This would free up the oversubscribed Glendower Street car park and might increase the parking capacity of the town by up to 50 spaces. Insurance may be an issue, but in the case of Haberdashers Monmouth school this issue seems to be have overcome in the past with their Christmas parking initiative on school grounds and the Comprehensive School site is open from the Leisure Centre side, so we can’t see how security could be an issue.

It was with dismay that I learned that the planning application for the Dixton Road Clinic development had been passed by MCC Planning Committee in its present form, despite objections from the Chamber and many others. . The residents of the Burgage are rightly aggrieved that the developer has chosen this narrow route as the permanent access to the site , despite being offered the option of access off Dixton Road by MCC Highways.

Consultants undertake study

March 2011

On 17th March Capita Symonds presented at a meeting entitled "A Review of Car Parking Charges and how it influences local people, businesses and regeneration in Monmouth" in the Shire Hall.

The Chamber lobbied for the proposals further down this website page and we understand that the results of the Capita Symonds study will be sent to the County Council after Easter 2011.

We believe that any changes proposed will not be reviewed by MCC until mid summer.

Cark Parking....

PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS THE CHANGES TO THE CAR PARKING REGIME PROPOSED BY MONMOUTHSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL (MCC)

1ST FEBRUARY AT 6PM IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM AT MONMOUTH'S SHIRE HALL

Officers of the County Council will be there to answer your questions.

This meeting is of interest to the following groups:

Residents using on street and off street parking

Monmouth businesses

Visitors and shoppers using the town

Those who are deterred from shopping in Monomuth due to a lack of parking spaces.

MCC propose the following major changes to the parking regime as follows:

Increased rate in short term car parks for one and two hours

A twenty four hour rate in short term car parks.

Increase in the charging period to 6pm from 5pm daily.

Abolition of free parking on Sundays

Abolition of free car parks.

Bicycle stand parking to be installed in all public car parks rather than close to shops.

For a full list of proposed changes click here

The Chamber believes these are major changes that will affect not only the sustainability of businesses in the town, but also the general public's day to day enjoyment of the town and its facilities.

TIME IS SHORT.

The consultation period on these proposed changes runs from 10th January 2011 to 18th February 2011. If you feel strongly about these proposed changes do one, or more, of the following :

Lobby your local county councillor - visit www.monmouth.gov.uk for details or contact the Town Clerk on 01600 715662.

E mail : rogerhoggins@monmouthshire.gov.uk or kelliebeirne@monmouthshire.gov.uk

or Cabinet member robertgreenland@monnmouthshire.gov.uk>

or come along to the public meeting on 1st February.