Labour pushing through ‘catastrophic’ parking charges which could ‘destroy’ town centre

Martin Lewis explains council and private company parking fines

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The council is run by Labour who control 30 seats from the Consertauve’s 23 seats. Wirral’s Environment and Transport Committee voted to bring in a new parking charge across more off-street bays last month. 

This would standardise fees across every council-run car park in the Wirral.

The new rules would see drivers charged £1 per hour for the first four hours with a maximum £5 fee for a full day.

However, this would include many coastal car parks which are currently free to use.

The changes would also see new fees introduced at bays in local villages, close to businesses that rely on customers.

As a result, Conservative Councillors have voted against the plans to introduce the new charges.

Tory councillor Simon Mountney warned of a potential loss of business as a result of the upgrades.

He added the charges would be “catastrophic” for the borough and could have a major impact on firms.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “The potential loss of business income [due to this decision] could potentially push businesses over the edge.”

Mr Mountney also warned visitors could be tempted to park down residential roads to avoid the charges.

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The Liberal Democrats are also against the updates but have abstained from voting on the issue.

Councillor Phil Gilchrist, leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council, warned many residents believes the charges would “finish” off their local area.

He said: “​​Most who talk to me about car parking charges say they will kill, destroy or finish Bromborough.”

The decision was up for review at a local committee meeting last night.

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