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Car park management at centre of Bedfordshire hotel row

The management of a car park located next to a new hotel development in Bedfordshire is currently causing contention amongst local councillors.

Bedford Borough Council has agreed with the operators of the planned Riverside North hotel development to reserve 100 car parking spaces in River Street car park for hotel customers and the public.

However, the council's Conservative Councillors are now saying that “better parking management” is needed prior to a decision being made on car park management for the new hotel.

The Liberal Democrat Councillors argue, however, that the Conservatives are trying to take away town centre parking from members of the public.

Stephen Moon, Conservative group leader, told Bedfordshire On Sunday: “The parking issue generally is a complicated one. What we want is properly planned parking management. We’re not saying there should be no parking allocation for members of the public - that’s simply bonkers.

“But there needs to be a scheme with a proper traffic plan. There’s a more complex issue at hand that needs more planning,” Mr Moon added.

However, Deputy Mayor Charles Royden told the publication: “Conservative Councillors want Bedford residents to be prevented from using 100 parking spaces in River Street car park. Their action would ban local residents from using these spaces even though the hotel operator has agreed this is completely unnecessary.”

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