Haslemere on-street parking charges dropped via @GetSurrey

Amy Taylor, in The Surrey Advertiser, writes today: Haslemere on-street parking charges dropped.

PLANS to introduce on-street parking charges in Haslemere have been dropped by the county council, to the delight of hundreds of people who protested against them.

A working group will instead be set up to look into transport issues in the area, rather than going against the wishes of nearly 500 people who staged a noisy protest in the town centre back in February.

A further 200 turned up to a meeting at Chichester Hall in Witley in March, where campaigners accused the plans of being “badly drafted and riddled with errors”.

On Monday (May 21), the leader of Surrey County Council, David Hodge, announced that “after listening to the concerns of local people, the council came to the conclusion that these proposals should not be pursued”.

Campaigner Nikki Barton, who wrote a letter to Cllr Hodge after the March meeting, signed by 20 “eminent people” in the community, said the decision had earned their respect.

“David Hodge met with us in Haslemere, and saw that we weren’t the fringe mob that we had been portrayed as, but a very well considered group of vicars, headmasters, barristers, OBEs and CBEs. We respect him and feel that he has really listened to us.”

The working group would aim to develop a long-term plan to transport issues in Haslemere.