With the Lib Dems, I can’t remember a time when we weren’t fighting to make parking fees more reasonable! Now we have done it – and the Tories voted AGAINST our plans!
We pulled this off by being fair – we introduced an overnight parking charge of £2 to capitalise on the TOWIE visitors. This has yielded around £60,000 in income which has meant we can do the following:
Reduce the all day car parking fee from £10.50 to £8.00
Introduce a new Saturday workers fee of £4 in Westbury Road Car Park
Introduce a new £30 weekly charge in the William Hunter Way Car Park
This will take around ten weeks to introduce once it is advertised and consulted upon.
It is unbelievable that the Tories voted against on the basis that we hadn’t reduced it enough, despite them voting for a 117% increase in the one hour charge in 2012 (and that includes current Brentwood West Tory Cllr Will Russell, who’s up for re-election in May).
It’s also interesting to see that another Tory scaremongering activity didn’t come true. Back in 2011, two days before I lost my seat, they put out a leaflet in Brentwood West saying that, should a night time charge be introduced then people would be forced in to the side streets to park and, therefore, we would all be wading around in “rivers of vomit”. Yes, they put that on a leaflet and people believed it! So, watch what they say when it comes to May’s elections! It turns out not to be the case, so just as well no one opened up a Wellies Shop in anticipation.