At Cheshire West and Chester's council meeting last night, Conservative Councillors put forward a motion to abolish the Labour Party's policy for car parking charges across the borough, which has already been implemented at Northwich. Conservative Councillors had this to say "rather than taking steps to support and promote our local shops and business this council is introducing car parking charges." "Car parking charges hurt some of the most vulnerable in society such as those with impaired mobility that do not qualify for a ‘blue badge,’ pensioners and others on fixed or low incomes."
Councillor Gaynor Sinar, Helen Weltman, Andrew Dawson and Charles Fifield all spoke at council to persuade the Labour council there are plenty of other options the council can take. Councillor Gaynor Sinar, Northwich business owner of Curtain Magic, said" £400,000.00 has already been spent on car parking enforcement and an increase of 14% in Council Taxes is having a financial burden on residents and businesses".
The motion to abolish the charges was put to a vote and lost, with the Labour majority council still persistent on seeing this policy through, regardless of the consequences this will have.
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