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Car park at Slades Farm

slades farm car parkAt present local residents using Park facilities can not park here on weekdays because of long term parking by workers and students who then walk to the Talbot Village area.

After complaints from residents our Councillors requested a statement from the Parks Department, who have responsibility for the car park, to be read at the local area forum on 26th January 2016. It is displayed in full below.


Bournemouth Parks will consult on the introduction of car parking charges during weekday working hours. The advert commencing consultation will be placed within the next month and a car parking order will be made as soon as possible afterwards. Consultation will run for 21 days before an order is made.

The consultation will suggest that parking charges should apply between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, there will be an initial two hour free period, followed by a charge for 2-4 hours and higher charge for 4-10 hours. At all other times the car park will be free to use. The aim of this charging schedule is to ensure that park and community centre users can access the car park during the week to enjoy public facilities, it aims to greatly reduce the number of students and commuters using the car park as all day free parking. This will result in some displacement of parking in the local area which may need to be addressed at a later date.

We will be able to issue free season tickets to volunteers at the community centre to ensure that they can continue to work there, some bays will be reserved for staff and volunteers, this number will can be adjusted following implementation of the parking order to ensure it is an optimum level. Currently the car park has 139 spaces (4 reserved for the community centre and 4 disabled bays).

There is a cost to introducing parking charges; we have already paid for the car park to be re-lined (£1290+VAT), additional signage (£1500) and a ticket machine (approx £4500) will be required, whilst the costs of parking attendants will be also be charged to Parks (this be an hourly rate depending on the level of enforcement we can afford). Advertising the order will cost up to £2000, which was why I had hoped to bunch orders together for other sites.

If residents have queries on this they can respond to the consultation (which will be advertised on site) or contact Parks at: parks@bournemouth.gov.uk or 01202 451629.

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