This article was published in 2018, in Newsletter 138.
While it’s good to see Parker’s Piece reinstated with new grass and a properly surfaced bike/footpath next to the University Arms Hotel, there is some disappointment. During the building work, the number of racks available increased to offer 32 spaces which was very welcome given how well-used this area is, not just when there is an event being held on the common.
Therefore, when it came round to being returned to grass, there was a fond hope that a similar amount of bike parking might be put in place. This has not been realised. We have 20. Whilst this no doubt satisfies the agreement made with the council, it would nevertheless have been good to see the hotel going the extra mile.