Pay-and-display parking at Abbey Fields eddy
PARKING charges at Abbey Fields have moved a step closer with planning permission being sought for resurfacing and pay-and-display machines.
Changes at the site will see parking spaces being reduced from 130-140 informal parking spaces to 105 identified spaces, including four earmarked for designated disability spaces.
Three damaged trees at the entrance and exit point will be removed to improve traffic flow and on the advice of a Warwick District Council arboriculturist officer, another two damaged trees on the site will also be removed.
However, planning documents state that more trees will be planted and work will include the protection of the remaining trees and root systems.
The site is on land designated as a scheduled monument because of the nearby remains of the Abbey of St Mary, but English Heritage has not objected subject to a suitable “stone-like” hard surface being laid.
When the idea was first mooted Cllr Dave Shilton (Con, Park Hill) said he felt the charges were inevitable to deter all-day parking blocking space for visitors spending time in Abbey Fields, using the swimming pool, visiting St Nicholas church or nearby shops in High Street.
Objections have come from people working and living in the area, including High Street, Castle Green and Fieldgate Lane.
Concerns raised include motorist clogging up nearby streets to avoid paying charges, the unavailability of yearly parking passes, the reduction of parking spaces and that hard surfacing will look out of place.
Warwick District Council’s engineering services is seeking the planning permission from the council’s planning committee.
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