This letter from Haslemere’s Mayor has been sent to Haslemereparking.com. It was published in the current edition of The Haslemere Herald.
I am responding to the letter ‘ Support traders with free parking in last week’s Haslemere Herald (30/11/12).
Whilst sympathising with the views expressed in the letter( re making a temporary arrangement whereby a number of shoppers could park for free in the Waitrose Car park whilst the one hour free parking is ‘lost’ in West Street) , I would like to point out that the Waitrose Car Park is entirely under Waverley Borough Council’s jurisdiction and Haslemere Town Council has no authority to regulate /change its use.
However, I did contact Mrs Carole King , Waverley’s Car Parking Portfolio Holder to ascertain whether or not there would be any possibility that such a temporary arrangement could be arranged. Mrs King’s reply was that she felt that residents were perhaps not fully aware that currently there was a great call on all parking places in the Waitrose car park, and that every single place was needed. She was, therefore, unable to grant such a request.
Let us hope that the parking ban will be lifted well before the current February date.
From: Cyndy Lancaster
Sent: 06 December 2012 9:28 PM