Consultation on Proposed Car Park Charging on Surrey County Council’s Countryside Estate

The cabinet member (Mike Goodman) for environment and planning at Surrey County Council (SCC) has launched a consultation to learn more about how Surrey’s residents use the countryside and their views on car park charging.

Mike Goodman has stated that he is determined that the current team at SCC will leave our countryside in a better condition than when they took over the management of our wonderful countryside.  Mike advises that SCC currently owns 6,500 acres of countryside estate which is open for the public to visit and which is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust on SCC’s behalf. Mike comments that during times of growing financial pressure on all its services, an important way SCC can continue to look after its countryside and stop it from deteriorating is through making it self-funding. Mike suggests that SCC would like to ensure that our countryside will be available to the public generations for the future and to this end SCC are looking at a range of opportunities.

One of those opportunities is to introduce charges for parking in some of SCC’s rural car parks. Many other countryside landowners and managers already charge in order to ensure visitor facilities are maintained and the sites are managed for the future – this is therefore an option for SCC.

The consultation opened in late September and will run until 6th November 2017.

The details can be found at here.  Or alternatively you can Call 03456 009 009 or text 07860 053 465 to request a printed copy of the questionnaire.

Please make sure your views are included by responding to the consultation.

September 28, 2017