THE £2 toll for the use of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge for Warrington residents travelling to Halton Hospital and the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre in Runcorn is a tax on ill health.

I object to the presence of tolls on any of our roads, primarily because they penalise motorists who already pay over the odds on their road tax and fuel duty.

However I understand that the Government has insisted that the new Gateway Bridge is tolled but other communities have been able to secure discounts and concessions. I would like to see these concessions extended to all Warrington motorists.

If tolls are set to stay then the fee should be deducted from the already extortionate cost of parking. This would avoid the inevitable double penalty.

Philip Griffiths North West President UK Independence Party