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UPDATED: Cheapskate drivers ruining historic Market Square cobbles

Market Square Aylesbury where the demonstration will take place on Sunday

Market Square Aylesbury where the demonstration will take place on Sunday

Aylesbury’s historic Market Square is being ruined by arrogant drivers who are illegally parking their cars on the cobbles.

Aylesbury’s historic Market Square is being ruined by arrogant drivers who are illegally parking their cars on the cobbles.

The thoughtless motorists are ignoring ‘no access signs’ to enter the busy square, park up and avoid paying for a ticket elsewhere.

As a result, Aylesbury Vale District Council is ready to shut off the square in the evenings, blocking in any cars parked illegally overnight.

Bollards may also be fitted with padlocks and those breaking the rules are warned they could go to court.

Brian Roberts, cabinet member for civic amenities, said: “Unfortunately, despite signage, the site is becoming increasingly abused.

“On a regular basis during the evening - and on non-market days - the bollards are being lifted out and cars are parking illegally.”

“This is ruining the stability of the cobbles and they are becoming damaged from car oil leaks. We provide more than enough car parking facilities around the town centre, so there is no excuse at all for this behaviour.”

However, just hours after the council made the warning on Wednesday afternoon, five cars were spotted parked in Market Square that same evening.

Businesses are asked to advise their contractors to park in nearby car parks and remind their customers that they are trespassing by parking on the square.

As our archive photograph shows, Market Square was previously used as a carpark in the 1960s before the area was pedestrianised.

 

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