TORY CHRISTMAS PRESENT Another depressing meeting of the Totton & Eling Town Co…

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TORY CHRISTMAS PRESENT

Another depressing meeting of the Totton & Eling Town Council.

Tonight, despite the protests of myself and other Liberal Democrat Councillors, the Conservatives have colluded in pushing through car parking charges in town centre car parks, with a £10 overstay fee for anyone guilty of parking too long.

It's a combination of the Conservatives at District and the Town that means the long standing policy of not charging for car parking comes to an end.

A complete lack of detail about whether the parking clocks will be valid in Town Council car parks, how the car parks will be monitored, what they will do with complaints from residents and customers who are used to free parking.

I predict all sorts of associated issues. I told members that we will quickly see problems with cars being parked in nearby residential roads and a negative impact on local businesses, particularly the retail sector which is already struggling as a result of the virus restrictions.

Significantly, the Conservatives have done nothing at all to reach out to local businesses and ask them what they think of the proposed changes.

Oh well, at least we were all wished a Happy Christmas by the Chairman of the Council at conclusion of the meeting.

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