“We very much value our visitors to the parks, and are particularly keen to encourage sport. So I’m very pleased we’ve found a way to ensure the new parking technology doesn’t impact disproportionately on members of the Royal Victoria Sports Association, who are not only regular visitors to the park, but play a role in the park community and help to maintain the land they use.”
To ensure fairness for all visitors, a new Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system is being installed, making it easier for people to pay via chip and pin, contactless or through an app. Following customer feedback, a new parking band for up to three hours has been introduced for those visitors who want to stay longer than an hour, but not all day.
Working together the County Council and the Sports Association have agreed to discount parking for sports users for a short period. During this time the parking system will be used to establish exactly how much parking is required by sports association users. This will help the two organisations to plan future arrangements which allow the sports association to continue their activities, while being fair to other users of the car parks.
Hampshire County Council is undertaking a major programme of once-in-a-generation investment to transform its country parks, and help them become self-sustaining for future generations to enjoy.
The current charges will not change with the introduction of the new parking system. Season tickets are available for regular users of the car parks, with a discount available to blue badge holders. These steps will bring Hampshire’s country parks in line with many others in the region.