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County Lib Dems call for parking charges plan to be scrapped

March 3, 2011 1:30 PM

Parking Logo with Pound SignThe Lib Dems on Surrey County Council are calling on the Council to scrap the plans for new on-street charges for car parking bays in market towns and rural villages throughout Surrey. They have submitted a motion for discussion by the Full Council meeting on 22 March.

County Councillor Colin Taylor says: "The plan put forward by Surrey County Council's Conservative Cabinet is an unnecessary blow to market towns and villages in Surrey, during a time of economic difficulty. It will hit many of Surrey's small businesses hard, discouraging short visits to local shops and result in even more pressure on already overcrowded residential streets."

Councillor Anna Jones adds: "These proposals will not just inconvenience local residents wanting to buy a newspaper or visit a cashpoint, they will be an unacceptable imposition on the local shops and small businesses that we need to support, because local people rely on them."

PETITION

Residents who oppose the planned charges can sign a petition here.


BACKGROUND

The motion submitted for discussion at County Hall reads:

This Council:

Notes that the Cabinet is proposing to introduce new on-street charges for car parking bays in market towns and rural villages throughout Surrey.

Recognises that on-street car parking charges would:

1. further disadvantage local retailers at a time of economic difficulty;

2. increase car parking congestion in residential roads close to town and village centres;

3. inconvenience local people seeking a brief parking period to visit a cashpoint, collect a parcel or a prescription or make a simple purchase.

Resolves to request that the Cabinet re-consider its proposal to introduce new on-street charges for car parking bays in market towns and rural villages with a view to abandoning them forthwith.