Thursday, 24 April 2008
Common Sense rules over Clockhouse Car Park
Salisbury Road Car Park will remain free.
Following the proposal to instal pay and display machines in the free Salisbury Road Car Park, your Ward Councillors are pleased to announce that Council officers have changed their minds and are recommending the Cabinet reverse the decision.
This follows a very clear call from Ward Councillors backed up by a petition signed by 440 people and the Councils own survey, which confirmed what Ward Councillors and residents were saying. Our reasons were clear:
1. We did not feel the car park was being abused by the overwhelming majority of users. There was abuse by one or two selfish individuals (one of which in my opinion is abusing the use of a disable badge)
2. We do not want elderly residents and parents with sick children visiting the Chemist, Dentist or Doctor fumbling about trying to find change to feed a meter. (One resident described this as taxing the sick)
3. If charging were introduced - cars would park in residential roads close by and cause problems there.
As we approach elections in the Borough - this serves to demonstrate one of the important roles Ward Councillors take on - standing up for residents, even if it sometimes makes us unpopular with colleagues. Or simply put:
We asked - you said - we listened and took action.
Together we are making a difference