Car park charge plans for beauty spots

Greenway bank copy copyProposals by Staffordshire County Council could see visitors to Greenway Bank Country Park having to pay to park there. The County Council are considering implementing car park charges to a number of country parks across the county due to the rise in visitor numbers which they say is resulting in costing them more to maintain the facilities. Which parks would be affected have not been revealed but could include Greenway Bank. County councillor Mark Winnington, cabinet member for economy, environment and transport, said: “Visitor numbers to our country parks have increased hugely in recent years which is great news. However, considerable further financial investment is needed to maintain them. We already charge at some of our car parks including at Marquis Drive and Milford Common on Cannock Chase and are looking at the possibility of extending this to other car parks. We are looking at our whole countryside estate and will be carrying out a feasibility study at each individual site. No specific sites have been identified yet. These are only proposals and would be considered as part of a public consultation.”

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