Council suspends plans for car park

Whelnetham Parish Council meeting
Whelnetham Parish Council meeting
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A council has decided to suspend its plans for a car park following strong objections from residents.

Whelnetham Parish Council had proposed building a visitor car park at the northern end of its Railway Walk.

Maintenance of the line is funded by villagers’ precept and, with spending having increased, the council was keen to ensure everyone had equal access to the beauty spot.

At a meeting on Wednesday, resident Gerald de Roeper said he was concerned the car park would lead to fly-tipping and an ‘increased influx of people on a conservation area’.

Meanwhile Barry and Sue Denny, who live closest to the proposed site, said they believed it would encourage ‘anti-social partying’.

On safety concerns, Andras Barabas said: “To put an exit/entrance on an S-bend is crazy.”

“I’m just asking you to be everyone’s hero. Just listen to us. Let’s do something else,” said Matthew Attwood.

The council responded by announcing a pause in its plans while it ‘explored other possibilities’.

Chairman Chris Thomson suggested a volunteer group be formed to help maintain the line and reduce costs.

The idea was supported but residents said the car park was a separate issue and should be discussed on its own merit.

Anyone interested in volunteering should email