Plans for parking charges at Look Out to be decided tonightBy Hugh Fort
September 04, 2012
Controversial plans to introduce parking charges for a popular attraction should be decided this evening.
Bracknell Forest Council has added a late item to the agenda of its executive meeting tonight and is proposing giving the go-ahead to plans to introduce charges to park at the Look Out Discovery Centre in Nine Mile Ride.
The council has been waiting for a response from Natural England to its plans before making the decision.
The authority is proposing pressing ahead with introducing the charges despite Natural England stating in its response it does not agree with the plan.
The council has stated in its own report it does not believe introducing charges will have an adverse affect on the Special Protection Area (SPA) surrounding the Thames Basin Heaths, home to a number of species of rare birds, which is close to the centre.
But Natural England disagrees and feels people may stop coming to the centre, which could lead to problems with people going to other parts of the SPA.
The council's officers propose "noting" the response of Natural England but pressing ahead with introducing the charges later this month and continuing discussions over the disagreement.
The meeting is held at the council's offices in Easthampstead House at 5pm.
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