Leisure centre car park fines U-turn?

PUBLISHED: 04:52 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:56 24 May 2010

A U-TURN could be made on fining people who use a Cheddar leisure centre's car park for shopping trips. Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre made plans to employ a firm to patrol its car park and issue £25 fines to non-members. The county council-run centre was

A U-TURN could be made on fining people who use a Cheddar leisure centre's car park for shopping trips.Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre made plans to employ a firm to patrol its car park and issue £25 fines to non-members.The county council-run centre was at loggerheads with the independent foundation status school.Centre bosses say teachers, pupils and shoppers fill the 75-space car park in the grounds it shares with the school and gym members are inundating them with complaints.Members were going to be handed badges for their cars to show wardens they could park at the centre.But district and parish councillors on the centre's management committee are determined not to start issuing fines.The committee met on Wednesday and says it will meet in December to sort out an alternative solution with the centre's bosses.Management committee and school governor Peter Lythgoe said: "The school by agreement has always been allowed to use part of the car park."There's distinctly a problem there, but we've got to work out how best to solve it."The majority of the committee is against plans to start fining people and we will not let it happen."Centre managers said Kings of Wessex's new drama block would cause more parking problems on performance and rehearsal nights.Planning officers at the county council gave the proposal the green light subject to an archaeological survey.The building will also have to be soundproofed and any trees removed during the work have to be re-planted.

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