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Problems with Car Parking Charges




When car parking charges were introduced Labour predicted that the use of council car parks would reduce, but the Conservatives pushed ahead anyway. Latest figures prove that the Conservatives got it wrong. The council’s own financial report says,

“The Car Parking Service is forecasting an adverse income variance of £529,000, due to continuing economic recessionary pressures and low customer demand. This is potentially an ongoing pressure that will carry into 2013/2014.”



Car parking charges were highlighted as a major problem by the government’s Portas Review into the future of our high streets. Now Cheshire East can provide further evidence of the harm that inappropriate charges can cause. Congleton and Crewe town centres have suffered after the Council introduced high car parking charges. By contrast Sandbach, where Labour councillor Sam Corcoran highlighted legal difficulties which prevented car parking charges being implemented, has very few empty shops on the High Street.



Labour Environment & Prosperity Spokesman Steve Hogben said,

“We know that due to the charges in Crewe people are parking on the roads. Some car parks are almost empty. In any sensible system you would drive on the roads and park on the car parks. But thanks to the barmy Conservatives of Cheshire East you can drive round the car parks and park on the roads.

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