Say NO to proposed parking charges in Borth-y-Gest
Gwynedd Council intends to introduce Pay and Display car park charges in Borth-y-Gest this Spring. There has been little, if any, consultation with local people until quite recently, whereas the decision to implement this was taken last year. Porthmadog town council were originally against the proposal but they have been over-ridden. Gwynedd have not undertaken any meaningful survey or impact assessment on what effect the charging will have. The majority of residents are opposed to these charges yet the decision has already been taken. Many locals feel that more cars will be seeking (free) curbside spaces, meaning more home owners will struggle to park near their homes (this is already the case in summer) and many streets are narrow and congested, causing health and safety concerns. The Council own the land including the green embankment areas and the boat park, that locals have enjoyed for centuries. Although there is no intention currently to establish parking bays on these areas it does not mean, at some future date, that the Council will not review this, in an effort to gain more income. They already review charges on a yearly basis. There are many elderly and/or infirm residents for whom daily home care is a necessity. Introducing charges will exasperate the situation where these health care workers already have problems finding car parking spaces. The visual affects of introducing signage, machines and possibly lines will be hugely detrimental to the appearance of what is, currently, a very attractive coastal village. .