Car Park Charging Proposal FAQs

  1. Q) Would the introduction of charges for parking in the car park lead to displacement of parking onto the High Street, Gracious Street, The Plestor and other places in the village?
  2. A) The proposal will be considered by the planning authoritiy who are aware of this issue

 

  1. Q) Would people be charged who just want to use the bottle bank or the public conveniences?
  2. A) Cars parking for up to 15 minutes would not be charged

 

  1. Q) Would people going to village events be charged?
  2. A) No charges would be levied after 18.30

 

  1. Q) Would parents dropping their children for school be charged?
  2. A) Charges would not apply before mid-morning. In the afternoon, we would consider an arrangement so that parents collecting their children from the school could park for free for a short time

 

  1. Q) What would happen to people who have no parking where they live?
  2. A) We appreciate that a small number of people have no-where else to park their cars and we would make provision for these individuals

 

  1. Q) Would there be free or reduced parking for residents?
  2. A) We would look to offer a residents parking pass for a small annual charge

 

  1. Q) Would the introduction of charges discourage people from visiting Selborne?
  2. A) There is no evidence of this from other places

 

  1. Q) How do you know that people are using the car park as a base from which to walk to other places, without spending money in Selborne?
  2. A) Our staff and volunteers use the car park daily and on most days we see small or large groups of walkers or cyclists congregating and setting off on walks to other places. This is also the case on many winter weekends; for example, on Saturday 7th November there were 2 free places in the entire car park at 13.00. The museum and Selborne Arms were closed and Selborne was not busy with people.  National lockdown regulations were in place.

 

  1. Q) Would there be a barrier?
  2. A) We do not propose a barrier parking system

 

  1. Q) How would the charging scheme be administered?
  2. A) A camera would record the registration numbers of cars entering and leaving the car park. Cars staying for more than 15 minutes would be charged according to the duration of their stay. Payments could be made by an app or on-line up to midnight on the day of parking.  Fines would be levied for non-payment.  All of this would be administered by a car park management company.  We have gone to some lengths to find a small, family-owned company that specialises in and therefore understands the sensitivities around small rural car parks.  We have suggested an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system as it is the least intrusive and least ‘urban’ of the available methods. It also removes the need for cash handling and the associated security risks.

 

  1. Q) The museum has received a lot of grant funding this year. Why does it need to charge people for car parking?
  2. A) We are very grateful for the support and confidence the national funding agencies and others have shown in us. The grants we have received will go part of the way towards making up the £250,000 income we have lost because of the Covid-19 crisis. However, it costs over £500,000 a year to run the museum, excluding unexpected repairs.  Since its creation, the trust has struggled to raise sufficient annual income and the trustees are rightly exploring all opportunities to generate income and reduce costs.

 

  1. Q) If the car park was funded by the Lottery you cannot start charging for it
  2. A) The National Heritage Memorial Fund does not fund car parks. Funding for the 2016 works came from a variety of donors plus our own money.

 

  1. Q) We understand that people using the Museum and the Selborne Arms will not have to pay for parking but what about the other businesses?
  2. A) For many years all of Selborne has benefited from free parking with the costs borne by the museum trust and the Wellington Pub Company. If other organisations in Selborne would like to contribute to the cost of maintaining the car park, their patrons would be able to benefit from free parking.

 

  1. Q) How can you justify charging people for a car park that is such a poor state of repair?
  2. A) We would want the car park surface to be made good before the introduction of parking charges.

 

  1. Q) What would the price for parking and fines for non-payment be?
  2. A) These would be in line with charges and fines at comparable rural car parks, such as those owned/operated by the National Trust.

 

  1. Q) Charging for parking does not seem to be the best way to raise income for the museum
  2. A) Charging for car parking is certainly not the best way to raise income for the museum, but it would generate sufficient income to cover the costs of maintaining the car park (maintaining the surface, litter-picking, managing the vegetation, etc.), which is currently an annual cost for the museum, plus a small surplus. It might also help us to manage nighttime anti-social use.

 

 

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