Resident hopes Bingham’s community survey will help improve parking

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A survey on parking and amenities in Bingham has been welcomed by a resident who feels something must be done - and fast.

Launched by Bingham’s business community, the survey aims to gauge opinion on parking, road crossings, cycle routes and loading bays.

But it is parking problems which Nigel Starbuck, of Carnavon Close, feels needs the most attention, with reduced bus services in rural areas having a detrimental impact on the town.

He said: “Most people in Bingham are talking about the survey, especially about the parking, or lack of it. Traffic tends to congregate around the marketplace, and another difficulty is that there are three car parks and they are filled mainly by commuters by 9 o’clock.

“Rural districts haven’t got appropriate bus services so they are coming to Bingham to park and get to Nottingham.”

Bingham topped a 2013 list of best towns to bring up a family and the aim of the survey is to identify where improvements can be made to keep the town at the top.

Other topics are the installation of dedicated loading bays and extension of a cycle route through the marketplace, three hours’ free parking and the introduction of a ‘park and ride’ scheme.

Mr Starbuck suggests that a rarely used weighbridge near the Saxondate Cross Roads would be the ideal location for such a scheme, which could be funded by money given to the town council from developers of housing estates on the outskirts of town.

** Surveys are available at Raw, Ash Accounting, Clive Lancaster and Hammond Property Services.