Members of the public who drive to Mansfield’s Berry Hill Park when walking the dog or for a family outing may soon face a parking charge.
Signs have been placed at its gates by the park’s board of trustees informing the public that a fee will be introduced next year.
Coun Andrew Tristram, who represents the Berry Hill ward for Mansfield District Council, said many residents were ex-coal miners who would be unhappy about having to pay for parking after having paid a life-long subscription to the same organisation which owns the park.
He added: “They paid their subs so that, in effect, it would be their park - but it was for the public too.”
Berry Hill Park’s trustees run the green space for the Coal Industry and Social Welafre Organisation (CISWO). Its mission statement is to run the park for the people of Mansfield.
Coun Tristram added: “Most people will probably park on Lichfield lane or Berry Hill lane.”
David Fisher, chairman of Friends of Berry Hill Park, said: “I would like to hear more about why the trustees think a carparking charge will encourage more use of the park.”
Ray-Jackson Smith, secretary of Berry Hill Park’s board of trustees, said: “Berry Hill Park is not a public park. It is privately owned, and as such can determine any charges it chooses to make for whatever facility it offers to those who use it.”