Royal Parks are proposing to introduce parking charges in all the public car parks in Bushy and Richmond parks. They launched their consultation on 7 September which will run until 1 November 2020.
Their proposals aim to discourage the use of the car parks by commuters, raise revenue towards the maintenance and upkeep of the parks and align their parking strategy with their other sites across the capital.
The planned charges are £1.40 per hour Monday – Saturday to a maximum stay of 6 hours and £2.0 per hour on Sunday to a maximum of 6 hours. These charges would apply for the hours 9.00am to 6:00pm whenever the car parks are open. Blue Badge holders and motorcycles would be exempt from the charges, but subject to the maximum stay limit.
Richmond Council are seeking reassurances about the introduction of parking charges in the parks, according to the council’s press release.
As part of the Council’s formal response to the Royal Parks, it will be requesting financial assistance towards possible consultations on the introduction/amendment of Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) to ensure that nearby residential roads can be protected from any displaced parking.
Richmond Council will also be pressing Royal Parks to consider ways they can support those who while not ‘Blue Badge’ holders, nonetheless face mobility impairments. Alongside these representations, Richmond Council will be encouraging the Royal Parks to recognise the Richmond Card in their car parks, which could provide tariff reductions or 30 minutes of free parking for Richmond residents.
Find the whole consultation paper and links to online survey and other options of responding here.