County councillors oppose move to charge for parking

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Both Blandford’s county councillors have opposed the move, saying they will be questioning officers and voicing their objections to the portfolio holder and leader of the council.

Councillor Byron Quayle said: “Like many residents in Dorset I was surprised by the announcement regarding the parking changes. Although I support a fair funding model in which car park users are charged equally across Dorset, I do not support the new recommendations and will be voicing my objections. Simply, Sunday charges will negatively impact Blandford business and charging from 6pm to 8pm does not take into account the pressures on local residents living in a town that does not have adequate on road parking.”

Councillor Nocturin Lacey Clarke added “My wife and I, as residents in town that doesn’t have parking, will definitely be affected badly.” Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “We are trying to achieve a delicate balance of maximising income from our car parks while ensuring residents and visitors will still choose to support our high streets, beaches and attractions.”

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