The car park at the Buckinghamshire Council office on King George V Road in Amersham is set to become a Pay and Display car park - open to the public from Friday, October 15.

The car park is currently open for public use from 5.30pm to midnight, Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Ticket machines will be installed from mid-October and the barrier at the entrance will no longer be in use.

Permit and blue badge holders will be able to continue to use the car park while displaying their permit or blue badge.

Parking charges will apply Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6pm and will be free on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

A 30-minute stay will be free of charge.

Visitors will be able to pay for parking with cash at the Pay and Display machines or via RingGo. There will not be any season tickets for the car park.

There will be a maximum stay of three hours giving visitors time to take the short walk to the shops, restaurants and market, or to nip across the road to use the park, skate park or the new Chilterns Lifestyle Centre which is opening at the beginning of November 2021.

Cllr Steve Broadbent said the car park will help alleviate concerns about parking provision at the planned new leisure centre.

He said: “Since the pandemic began, for many of us, the way we work has changed considerably right across the country, and also how we interact socially and spend our free time, including time spent on fitness and wellbeing.

“Opening up the car park to the public during the day will generate a turn-over of parking spaces, therefore creating more parking availability, at a key location to support the local community.

"This is at a time when we are moving out of the pandemic and starting to visit, shop and eat out in town centres more regularly.

“We hope that by introducing this additional parking provision at King George V House, we will also alleviate any concerns that local residents may have had about customer parking at the new Chilterns Lifestyle Centre.”

The charges will be as follows:

• 30 minutes free

• Up to 1 hour £0.70

• Up to 2 hours £1.40

• Up to 3 hours £2