During the long lockdown Epping Forest has been one area that has served as a refuge for recreation and exercise. It has always been free for use by the public.

On a visit last week it was sad to see how empty it now is following the imposition of parking charges. It now costs a minimum of £1.50 to enjoy a £1 cup of tea. Local roads are now awash with double red lines. With few spaces outside High Beech church there is now a barrier to those in the congregation needing to arrive by car.

Graeme Doshi-Smith, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest and Commons Committee wrote (Guardian, May 13) to support this charge. He declares in his interests that he is a member of Epping Forest Conservative Association.

Does this association support the new charges?

Michael McGough

Wellfields, Loughton