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Parking charges changing at Frensham Great Pond this weekend

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Parking charges changing at Frensham Great Pond this weekend

Published by Lettie Buxton at 2:16pm 31st July 2020.

People making their way to Frensham Great Pond this weekend can expect changes to the cost of parking.

Charges are being brought in line with the National Trust car park charging at Little Pond and will be in force every day from 9am to 7pm, except for Christmas Day.

From tomorrow (1 August), it will cost £1.50 for up to one hour, £3 for up to two hours, £4 for up to four hours and £6 for all day parking. 

It was previously £4 for the day, weekends and bank holidays only.

The car park is already full today (31 July), with visitors flocking there on what could be the hottest day of 2020 so far.

Charges were temporarily suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic and were reintroduced on Saturday (18 July).

To ensure visitors have no contact with ticket machines, they will have to use the RingGo app.

New signage will be also installed in car parks.

Councillor Nick Palmer, Waverley Borough Council portfolio holder for operational and enforcement services, said:

"Historically, we have always charged for car parking at Frensham Great Pond, however these new changes will bring us in line with the charges at the National Trust managed Frensham Little Pond and will ensure a consistent approach to visitor parking.

"By changing to RingGo payment only, we are also reducing the risk from coronavirus as visitors will have no contact with machines; of course, we will also continue to advise people to maintain social distancing whether in the car park or elsewhere on site.

"Whilst it was only right to suspend charging during lockdown, visitor numbers have increased dramatically at Frensham over recent months and we hope the new parking tariff will also help us recoup some of the costs needed to maintain the site and its wildlife to a high standard."

Visitors are still being advised not to bathe, swim or paddle at the Great Pond because of blue-green algae.

It is potentially harmful to humans and animals, and can cause dermatitis, eye irritation, rashes, blistering, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and nausea.

The council has said the situation is being "closely monitored".