CAR PARKING CHARGES ; "A FINE MESS" If the Conservatives are getting …

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CAR PARKING CHARGES ; "A FINE MESS"

If the Conservatives are getting it in the neck now…. just wait until next year.

Will you be rushing out to buy a Long Stay Parking clock from the District Council, which the Conservatives claim represents "excellent value" ? …. it will set you back £120.

Of course this is on top of the Council tax you pay and all the other taxes associated with motoring.

I think it quite likely that anybody buying a parking clock might be a tad disappointed if it turns out they can't park in any of the Totton town centre car parks, despite having paid.

There are no plans to provide more spaces. What I think will happen is that there will be an early morning rush to secure what free spaces there are on Town Council owned spaces, thereafter it will be a case of everyone else paying for car parking with no guarantees that there will be spaces for clock holders.

My County Council contacts have told me that the resources at Hampshire County Council for undertaking things like making Traffic Regulation Orders, preventing people from parking in nearby residential roads, are now practically non existent as a result of years of Tory cuts and so a perfect storm awaits.

I think they have already lost the vote of local business owners, particularly the retailers. It's sad because this policy is unique in one way…. it upsets business people, residents, community volunteers, motorists and even the people who decide to buy a parking clock.

One of the first jobs of any new political administration will be to sort out this fine mess.

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