Car park locations
- There are over 123 separate car park locations across Cannock Chase. This is a colossal number and far too many for the current site owners to afford to maintain.
- Many of these are unofficial and very small (grass/dirt pull-ins and lay-bys for 2-3 cars) which have not been intentionally created nor officially maintained. Some are in dangerous and sensitive locations.
- Many are in a poor state of repair and suffer from; littering, fly tipping and other anti-social behaviour which detract from the natural beauty.
- The plans suggest a reduction in the total number of separate car parks, but an increase in total number of car parking spaces.
- This will be achieved by making other car parks much better quality through better; surfacing, signage, delineated spaces, dog bins, more disabled parking, new information panels with maps and environmental education, spaces for horse boxes etc.
Car park charging
- Cannock Chase is a large and nationally important landscape which requires a lot of resources to maintain and manage it. The site needs to help itself generate income for landowners to retain in the future.
- Currently 45% of all parking spaces on Cannock Chase are already ‘pay to park’. The plans propose to increase paid car parks by 9%. There will always be parking locations that do not charge.
- Any and all funds raised from these car parks will be reinvested into ongoing management of the car parks and help landowners pay for staff and rangers.
- The proposals suggest closures and charging are not immediate and are to occur within the next 5-10 years time in accordance with the plans timeline. However separate to the plans, landowners have the right to implement charging if they desire.
The suggestions surrounding Chase Road are yet to be determined. Chase Road is a tarmacked bridleway on which vehicles have permissive access and use as a through-road. It currently allows vehicles access into the middle of the most sensitive areas of the Chase which are suffering ecologically. Vehicle emissions contribute to the deposition of nitrogen on the SAC which also negatively impacts the wildlife. The Partnership has suggested that this needs looking at; however this will be developed and decided in the future as its own project featuring its own consultation. It will always be available for people to access on foot, on bike and horse.