An alternative Cotswold District Council budget which proposed slashing car parking charges was rejected by the ruling Conservative administration.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson made the formal suggestion at the Council’s annual budget meeting, backed by 40 residents who turned out to hear the debate.
Paul said, “We have listened to the voices of Cotswolds residents and businesses to prepare budget proposals that reflect their needs and wishes. This is a forward-looking budget inspired by the people of the Cotswolds in tough times. We have identified areas where we can really help put money back in people’s pockets whilst stimulating the local economy.”
“We have responded to the issues that affect people everyday while also helping businesses who continue to face such a challenging situation. This Council has more money at its disposal than it anticipated so we must spend some of this – the rainy day is now here and we need to respond to that.”
“We have proposed a big change to car parking charges by making the first half hour free everywhere in the Cotswolds, cancelling the loathed 24/7 charges in Cirencester’s Brewery Car Park and slashing the price of parking for 1, 2 and 3 hour periods.”
“We believe this is a better way forward for the Cotswolds in contrast to the ruling group’s budget which has, yet again, included 24/7 parking charges at the district’s biggest car park, has kept parking charges the same in Bourton and Stow and fails to tackle the massive issue of affordable housing shortages.”
“Sadly, the Conservatives have rejected these proposals today claiming that their parking charges have been ‘a success’. We wil not give up and will continue to push these reasonable ideas forward until the Council’s administration sees sense.”
The Lib Dem Budget Proposals in full:
- To make the first half hour free in all CDC owned car parks in the Cotswolds.
- To cancel the Cirencester Brewery car park pilot in which new 24/7 charges have been levied since the beginning of 2012.
- To introduce a new car parking tariff across all Cotswold District Council owned car parks as follows:
1 hour – £0.70
2 hours – £1.50
3 hours – £2.20
This would have brought the tariffs in line with the car parking charges for Moreton and Tetbury.