Still time to have your say on Barkway Recreation Ground car park plans

PUBLISHED: 11:54 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:32 18 May 2017

Barkway Parish Council propose to create a car park on the village recreation ground.

Barkway Parish Council propose to create a car park on the village recreation ground.


The chair of Barkway Parish Council has said the plans to move play equipment on the recreation ground to make way for a car park will provide a solution to parking problems around the area and help resolve safety issues.

An emergency parish council meeting will be held at Barkway Reading Room.An emergency parish council meeting will be held at Barkway Reading Room.

The parish council propose to use part of the land along the western edge to build a car park, as they say currently there isn’t enough space for vehicles.

This causes an overspill onto Cambridge Road, reducing it to a single track and prompting safety concerns for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

Parish council chairman Sonia Falaschi-Ray told the Crow: “Parking near the village recreation ground has become a problem, especially as Royston Town FC have use of the rec as part of a five-year agreement.

“The car park will lie along the western edge of the rec, fenced and with locked bollards. It won’t be used all the time, only during football and other people-intensive activities, when it will be supervised.

“Its surface will be plastic matting so grass can grow. The cars closest to the houses will be angled nose-first so there won’t be a problem with exhaust fumes.”

As a result of the car park being built, Mrs Falaschi-Ray said some play equipment on the ground will be moved a little futher east and the play area will be fenced off for safety reasons.

“We aren’t getting rid of the play area for the car park,” she said.

“We will be disposing of one set of swings, but that’s because they have come to end of their life.

“These plans are primarily for safety and it will be better – but people have got terribly upset.”

Mrs Falaschi-Ray said the parish council has informed residents about the plans, but has heard back from very few.

“In April a letter was hand delivered to residents detailing a consultation meeting on May 3, giving two weeks’ notice,” she said.

“Also on that date, an email detailing this meeting was sent out to all residents who are on our village email database – 80 per cent of households. It was also put on the website and notices were subsequently placed on the parish noticeboards.

“No formal feedback was received by the parish council apart from five local residents who went to the May 3 meeting.”

To submit your views on the plans email

The consultation period for feedback on the plans ends on May 21 and the following day, there will be an emergency parish council meeting at Barkway Reading Room in High Street at 7.30pm.

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  • Regarding the Parish Council belatedly explaining their decision to introduce car parking into the rec, and displace existing play equipment. Now villagers have been made aware of this plan they are not in support, had they known before the Parish Council took this decision it would have been voted out. There has not been proper consultation, villagers were not aware of this proposal. The Parish Council say they e-mailed some villagers and posted a notice on the notice board. But htis is not enough. On such a important issue each house should have been leafleted. The local school should have been asked to make parents aware. So no effective consultation happened. I also appears that the Parish Council may have entered into a Contract to provide the car park before the village were made aware of this proposal? Of course no one in their right mind would consider putting a car park into a children's play area. The Parish Council say, they will make the nearby houses "safe" from the toxic fumes by making cars park with exhaust pointing at the playground. I assume they think it is OK to have children needlessly breathe toxins known as a Group 1 carcinogen, which causes lung cancer and has a positive association with bladder cancer. It contains several substances that are also listed individually as human carcinogens by the IARC.[7] - Our children do not deserve to be treated extra doses of these chemicals and the Parish Council ought to be ashamed of themselves for even considering such abuse.

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    barkway resident

    Monday, May 15, 2017

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