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Stop New Car Parking Fees at Cannon Hill Park

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Cannon Hill Park is the largest in the Birmingham City Council area and used by a variety of organisations and individuals to improve health and wellbeing. These range from dog walkers to organisations such as Park Run, a church, British Military Fitness, charity events and football organisations, to name but a few. The Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is based here which holds numerous arts courses, theatrical productions, a cafe and a cinema.

I personally am a local resident and I attend Park Run with my children and British Military Fitness and can speak from personal experience when I state that participants on a Saturday morning arrive from a variety of locations across the city and beyond and need the car park to park their cars. Were Birmingham Council to charge for this, it would result in fewer people attending the event and getting fit, or having a coffee in the MAC, walking their dog etc. Around 700 people attend Park Run every week-end.

The proposal to charge car parking fees for the use of these parks will mean that anyone arriving by car for an event or to use the park for recreational purposes will have to pay to park. This will surely result in the park being used less.

I know of other people who use this Birmingham park and they also feel that the car parking charge would affect them personally and the events they run. Other organisations are sure to suffer with this charge as anyone attending to participate or spectate would be subject to this charge if they parked their car. Dog walkers would have to pay to walk their dog.

This petition is to show Birmingham City Council that charging for car parking in our city parks is not acceptable or sensible and that they should allow parks to be free to the public at all times. The introduction of parking fees flies in the face of the Council's stated aim to improve our citizens' health and wellbeing.

As a possible compromise, since Cannon Hill Park is opposite the Edgbaston Cricket ground, the Council might permit the first three hours to be free parking as Solihull Council do (example: Brueton Park), meaning the dog walkers and 700 park runners could still attend for free. Thereafter £5 per day. NOT the currently proposed charges of £2 for 4 hours but £3 for the day. This does not make sense to encourage continued access for all to the park and to reduce parking congestion on the surrounding streets.

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