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Time for another review over south Warrington car parking charges
10:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
COUNCIL bosses will once again review changes to car parking charges in the borough.
The move comes after a councillor called on the authority to reinstate two hours free parking in Stockton Heath and Lymm after it had been scrapped to one hour.
They say it has had a negative impact on traders in those areas as they face a fall in customer numbers as people choose not to pay to spend longer in the villages.
Clr Axcell told the meeting on Monday evening: “Charges at the district car parks in Stockton Heath and Lymm have caused outrage in south Warrington for almost 10 months.
“Before the reduction of free parking from two hours to one hour that was producing an excess of £16,000 a year. This surplus would have increased with the introduction of new no return rules.”
He added the other areas of council parking were the ones causing deficit in the authority’s budget.
Clr Bob Barr (LD - Lymm) added the council could not use profits from the parking fees to go towards other areas of the council.
He also questioned what benefit the parking charges would have for residents and traders.
Clr Axcell added: “Well over 5,000 residents have put their name to a petition. Over 80 traders have signed a letter to the council.
“What has been the response from the council? Almost unbelievably get rid of free parking all together to charge 30p.”
But that move was also criticized by Clr Axcell who added a parent using a car park to take their children to school would face paying £120 a year.
Councillors voted to send the motion to the car parking strategy group before it is referred back to the executive board.
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