Conservative Councillor Alex Walker’s hard work has finally paid off for market traders and shoppers.
Footfall to the market has been dropping because of high parking prices and a lack of investment in the area. Alex is worried about the future of the CMK market because people are simply choosing to shop elsewhere. He has raised this issue several times in Council and has visited traders to see for himself the problems faced. In council he has been pushing hard to have parking charges lowered to 50p an hour to encourage more shoppers.
The Labour-led Milton Keynes Council have finally relented to the pressure applied from Alex, the market traders and other Conservative Councillors. Parking charges around Market Square will now be reduced. The council will relocate 177 peak permit parking spaces costing £2 an hour away from Market square to be replaced with 50p an hour spaces.
Alex said: “I am very pleased the council have seen sense and will reduce the cost of parking in Market square. The decision to increase prices was madness and it was driving shoppers away and worse still the spaces lay empty for significant periods of the day.”
Conservative group leader, Councillor Edith Bald pointed out that: “There is still much more to do on CMK Market. We put forward a five point plan in May to make it a more attractive and more modern market which I hope will be taken up by the Labour Cabinet. The last thing anyone wants to see are traders moving away and MK losing its central market which is a real threat to the local economy.”
The new parking charges are expected to be in place by November.