The row over increased parking charges in Aylesbury is once again a hot topic on the Herald letters page.
It’s not a molehill
In the Bucks Herald, Conservative Judy Brandis claimed that those against the increased car parking charges were ‘making a mountain out of a molehill’.
I don’t think she sees the bigger picture.
Shops are closing down, restaurants are opening up but, very quickly, closing down again.
The High Street is a mess.
Buildings, such as the old Rank Xerox at the bottom of the High Street, have been empty for more than fifteen years.
Yet she has the audacity to approve a 50% increase in town car park charges.
Supermarkets must be delighted with this decision as they see more and more shoppers availing of their free, out of town, parking.
Most people love the new Waterside Theatre but with the day parking charges now operating up to 9pm I’m afraid many will now be reluctant to come to shows.
Cinema users are entitled to a refund from 6pm but why not offer the same to theatre goers?
How I agree with your correspondent, David Palmer (Bucks Herald 2.9.15).
I seldom use the car park opposite the Waterside theatre, but I made the big mistake of going there at 8.45am on - yes, the 1st September - the first day of the implemented increased parking charges.
I was faced with a large yellow sticky notice informing motorists of the new charges and to “refer to the new tariffs”.
These were non-existent. Some jobs-worth had only done half a job. Furthermore, the machines did not accept any coins.
To add to this total inefficiency, it was raining and soon there were about 12 of us milling round the meters with, of course, no one in sight from the council.
I told those present to write a note and place it on their dashboards, which most of us did. On my return about an hour later, the car park was filling up, so the council must have lost a considerable amount of money.
I agree with David Palmer, AVDC is strangling the town centre not only with the excessive increase in charges, but with this method of parking meters.
Why can’t we go back to “drive in, get a ticket – pay on exit” for the time you have been parked – then we would not have to bust a gut to get back to the car before the ticket expires – thus enabling a bit of browsing.
Currently we now pay for time we perhaps don’t need.
Lastly, being in my twilight years (!) it would be wonderful if there was some sort of canopy over these meters as one can get very wet and cold waiting behind someone who does not have the right change.
Is that perhaps too much to ask?
It may interest readers to learn that when I tried to ring AVDC about the problem of the car park, I held on for 30 minutes and all I ever got was a machine.
I have reached the conclusion that there are no human beings working in AVDC – hence the meter problems!
Wake up AVDC or no one will shop in Aylesbury.
Great park events
As part of our Fair4All Events scheme, Buckinghamshire Disability Services (BuDS) would like to say what a pleasure it has been working with Aylesbury Town Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Aylesbury Church Network this summer.
We have worked with these organisations over the last few months to make Parklife and Play in the Park accessible events for disabled people.
So many families, with a disabled member in their group, told us that just knowing that so many facilities had been put in place meant that they had been able to bring their disabled relative along to the event, many for the first time.
The reassurance that access had been considered during the planning process gave them the confidence to attend and many people also commented about how grateful they were to have accessible events locally.
We always like to find out more about what disabled people have thought of events – both what has worked well and what areas we can work on next to make events even more accessible.
Using this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GW5QLT5 to answer a short survey about disabled access at Parklife will help us to do this.
We would also like to thank Men in Sheds – for building an amazing temporary viewing platform for Parklife; Pickerings Plant – for the loan of a Welfare Unit to use as a quiet room and Aqua Vale – for the loan of their tables.
All of the access features which we all worked together to put in place, meant that disabled people had two great events that they could attend this summer and BuDS was proud to be involved in them and proud to promote them as accessible.
We are looking forward to helping to make future events even more accessible.
BuDS Charity Secretary and Trustee
Bear was a big hit
On behalf of the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, I would like to thank the organisers of this year’s Bucks Show for such a great day.
It’s an event that we always look forward to each year as it enables us to reach a large audience with information about both the Hospice and Charity.
We raised over £750 for the Florence Nightingale Hospice on the day, thanks to the generosity of the visitors to our stand.
Florrie Bear was a big hit with the children and the adults enjoyed our bottle tombola and the selection of new clothes we had for sale.
A huge thank you also to our wonderful volunteers who helped make it happen.
Bucks Show is a great showcase for the county and one we intend to continue supporting in the future.
Community Fundraising Manager, Florence Nightingale Hospice
Costs of clean-up
The fly-tipping problem in this country is, regretfully, getting worse.
However, owners of land or property are still liable for any waste that is fly-tipped on their land and can be prosecuted if they do not clear it away.
On average it costs £800 to clear up each incidence of non-toxic fly-tipped waste on private land, and it costs the rural business sector up to £150 million in clean-up costs every year.
This is inherently unfair and the CLA has put forward proposals for changes to the law which would provide better protection for private property owners who become victims of fly tipping through no fault of their own.
Fly-tipping is a serious issue and we would like to see culprits dealt with more robustly. We support calls for repeat or large-scale offenders to have their vehicles seized and crushed, while on-the-spot fines should be issued to those caught in the act of fly-tipping household items or rubbish.
These measures should come into force as soon as possible and must be backed up by the police and councils treating the catching of offenders as a local priority.
Country Land & Business Association
Look to our souls
If we have lost the capacity to offer help and compassion to our fellow human beings when in desperate need, then we have lost our soul.
Get priorities right
I think the skirt issue at Tring School is ridiculous and teachers need to get their priorities straight.
I am now 21 and left Princes Risborough school three years ago after being taught there by Miss Collingwood. She then had an affliction with the way the school was presented and it seems to be an obsession of hers.
Today I work as a personal stylist, celebrating finding one’s own individuality with how one looks within the community. Finding oneself starts at school, and it’s hard enough feeling like an individual person without taking away the smallest diversities.
It’s hard enough for children of that age to try and discover who they and making imagination and creativity flourish under such pressure of exams and expectations.
Wearing something which makes you feel as individual as possible, be it in the style or cut of black skirt you wear, or you black shoes. It is important.
I loved what I used to wear – a just-over-the-knee circle skirt, black tights, black brogues, a long-sleeved white shirt, green tie, cardigan and blazer. What’s wrong with that?
I felt comfortable, I was happy, and more importantly these two things meant I was able to concentrate on learning, feeling like me.
Are schools now on a mission to create year-upon-year of duplicated clones, with little, to zero diversity.
Also children at that age have growth spurts all the time, and families cant afford to pay through the teeth to replace there skirts from the uniform shops.
We are in a society now in which some can’t afford uniform shop price’s to conform every six months throughout school.
Two skirts per purchase (for hygiene) means buying four skirts per year – 20 skirts per school lifetime.
The average longer-length skirt costs 18.99 – that’s £379.80 purely on skirts for one child to conform. Ridiculous.
The fact is that teachers should be concentrating on more important things such learning disabilities, racial issues, home troubles and bullying, instead of sending children away for being ON the knee.
I have read the story about Tring School’s skirts last week – first with amusement, then with bemusement, and finally with a deep depression.
Much of the fault lies with the school’s vaguely-worded dress code. Does ‘kneelength’ mean ‘below the knee’ or ‘to the knee’? Surely the school should have been clear.
This is a school that is supposed to be teaching youngsters to use the English language properly, and to communicate effectively.
If the school can’t manage that then a few short skirts are the least of their worries.
Grove Road, Tring
I had the unfortunate experience of having to use the public conveniences on Moreton Road, Buckingham this aftenoon (Friday, August 28).
The smell was appalling, there was no toilet paper or soap, the floor was awash (I dread to think what with) and the rubbish disposal was overflowing.
What sort of impression is this giving visitors to Buckingham?
I know that new toilets are planned for Cornwall’s meadow, but surely the current ones should be properly maintained?
It’s tempting to shop in Tesco rather than the town, at least they have clean facilities.