Live in New Brighton, Moreton, West Kirby, Heswall, Liscard, Bromborough, Bebington, Upton or Irby? – Will you be paying to park outside your house?

Last night I attended a Council Business Scrutiny workshop.   One of the items, and perhaps the most emotive was the proposals to increase the Council’s income by increasing car parking charges by 50p per hour at existing Council car parks and to introduce further car parking charges, on street and off street at nine locations across the Borough, as well imposing a £4.00 per day fixed charge at Wirrals Country Parks.

While I am waiting for further detail the hit list for the nine locations for introducing car parking charges is: New Brighton (including Fort Perch Rock), Moreton, West Kirby, Hoylake, Heswall, Liscard, Bromborough, Bebington, Upton and Irby.    The charges are likely to apply to many on street areas in our towns, so a an example in Moreton the two car parks, Holt Avenue and Garden Lane as well as on street charges on Hoylake Road, Upton Road, Pasture Road etc.    In West Kirby, along the promenade, The Crescent, Grange Road, Banks Road and side roads, In Hoylake on Market Street and the side roads etc; and so it goes on in other towns.

The Country Parks include, Wirral Country Park, Royden Park, Arrowe Park, Eastham Country Park etc and at £4.00 per day that is going to disadvantage thousands of people who simply want to visit for an hour or so, perhaps dog walkers etc.

I am aware that New Brighton resident, Darren May had the foresight to see this coming and last week started an online petition opposing the introduction of parking charges in New Brighton.   I would urge people to sign that petition ASAP and it can be accessed by clicking HERE.

I am sure other people will also be setting up petitions and you may want to sign them as well.

One thing is for certain we need to send a very strong message to this Labour-led Council if we are to stop this decimation of our Towns and Parks.

What Bus Do I Get Mate?

untitledThat was the comment from one wag at the public meeting at Hulme Hall earlier tonight, in response to the Councils Head of Law, HR and Asset Management when he was extolling the virtues of a multi purpose complex in Gloucestershire.    

Seriously the meeting tonight was attending by approximately 600 people.  The message from all of them to the Council Leader was very clear to me.  That message was, ‘You can take your strategic asset review and put it were the sun don’t shine’.    There were many impassioned speakers, none more so than the mum who spoke on behalf of her 6 month old child, who challenged the Council Leader to look into her childs eyes, and explain to her why he was going to destroy her community!  

Others reminded the crowd that the Lib Dems were supporting Labour in this and if it was not for them this would not be happening.     Anyway if the Leader is listening he will scrap this crazy idea.   Time will tell………