PARKING IN TOTTON Full marks to the member of the public who turned up (virtual…

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PARKING IN TOTTON

Full marks to the member of the public who turned up (virtually) to complain about parking problems in the town and to ask about permits to reserve parking. Very few people make the effort to attend meetings, even for issues that they feel strongly about.

At the meeting itself, Conservative Councillors were very keen to disassociate themselves from the decision of the Conservative controlled New Forest District Council to start charging in all Totton's NFDC car parks.

One of them, who is also a District Councillor, claimed that he had tried hard to persuade his fellow Conservatives not to impose charges and to delay charging, if not. Unfortunately, he didn't vote against the Conservative policy or even say anything when it came to the decision making meetings. Neither did any of the other Totton District Conservative Councillors.

I made the point that the Town Council car park spaces (which are free for 5 hours), quickly fill up, whereas very few people park in the District Council managed car parks. I predicted that the situation with businesses suffering and card being parked on nearby residential roads will only get worse, especially when the threat of Covid diminishes.

Yes, I got accused of electioneering for my troubles. It is not as if I have suddenly jumped on a bandwagon. I have supported free car parking in Totton for over 25 years, at election time and outside election time. I think I know what people want. I think I know what is best for local businesses and for residents who would rather have a few parking spaces outside their homes.

The other I can claim is that I have done more to explain what was being planned and the reasons behind it than any of the Conservative members who pretend that this is not their responsibility.

Time will tell how bad the policy is. I just hope we don't see any of the hard pressed local retailers going out of business because of it.

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