Worcester’s MP Robin Walker has warmly welcomed the news that proposals to implement parking fees at Worcester Woods Country Park have been scrapped.

Robin was contacted by a number of Worcester constituents urging him to represent their views to the County Council, including many Parkrun participants and regular users of the Orchard Café.

While appreciating that there was some justification in introducing a pay-to-park system on weekdays, Robin wrote to the Council asking them to reconsider their proposals for weekends and suggested several compromises so as to not disrupt well-attended community events such as the Parkrun.

The decision came after the County Council removed its £100,000 income target for countryside services.

Speaking about the scrapped proposals, Robin said:

“I’m happy that the County Council has taken the decision to not go forward with the parking fee plans. Worcester Woods is not only a much-loved green space in our city, but also hosts various activities open to members of the public such as the Park Run. I know from my discussions with the council that they were keen to maintain public parking access to the Woods, and that the rationale behind these charges was largely to discourage all-day parking during working hours.”

“I am glad that the council heard the response to their budget proposals and have decided not to go forward with the charges, allowing dog-walkers, joggers, and ramblers alike to continue using the car park free of charge. I know the revised library budget – which has now had £200,000 of potential savings removed – will also be welcomed by many across the county.”