North Warwickshire Labour Group Parking Charges Update December 2021

“On December 1st 2021, the Conservative group at North Warwickshire Borough Council voted to introduce charges in all car parks despite nearly 500 objections from residents and businesses who are worried about the impact on our already-strained high streets.

Many of the valid concerns raised include issues of parking charges stopping people visiting smaller high streets as it will become too expensive.

The consultation has been described by the Tories as successful but surely this can only be true if listening to the concerns raised actually changes the outcome. Despite the token gesture of an extra hour free, this isn’t the case.

Even blue badge holders will now be expected to pay after a last minute cruel amendment brought the final, unexpected twist to Monday’s meeting.

Key workers in shops and business – many of whom work for very low wages – will now have to pay around £1000 a year extra to go to work.

Residents are concerned about additional pressure on local parking, many of which would need further infrastructure, residential parking permits and designated bays to avoid parking chaos.

Labour councillors have unanimously objected to the plans to charge for parking and successfully called for an extension to the consultation from 3 weeks to 6 weeks so that more people could have their say.

Before any additional charges can be considered, we need –

  • Improvements to our car parks.
  • Residents parking schemes and season passes for key workers.
  • Free parking for Blue Badge users.
  • Accurate modelling of how our parking is used and the impact on our residents, shops and businesses.

After this year, our high streets, shops and residents need investment and support not more stealth taxes.”

– Councillor Jodie Gosling, Labour Group leader and Borough Councillor for Arley & Whitacre.

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