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Call from forum to cut parking charges in town
4:50pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
THE Bromsgrove Older People’s Forum has submitted a proposal to Bromsgrove District Council to introduce low cost parking in the town.
The forum has raised concerns over the fact that for every £1 taken in parking fees, the council makes a 36p profit, calling the money a ‘stealth tax’.
The proposal being put to the council reads: “Support our high street by introducing - low cost Monday to Saturday rates of 10p for one hour, 30p for two and 70p for three hours, free Sunday and evening parking and free blue badge parking.’’ In response to the proposal, Bromsgrove District Council leader Roger Hollingworth, said: “We’re one of the cheapest areas around here for car parking, and the money that we make out of the car parks helps subsidise the council tax and provide £1 million worth of services elsewhere in the council.
“You just can’t take things in isolation. If the car parks have to break even then the Dolphin Centre has to break even, and everything else we do, the bandstand, the street theatre. They’d all have to break even in their own right. The council has to use what resources it’s got to balance the books. If you subsidise the other, then that’s all for the good of everybody.
“The car park charges in Bromsgrove are not exorbitant. We haven’t put them up for about five years, so in real terms they are being cut.
“The only time we would cut them is if we could increase the council tax precept to cover it. We’re facing a 50 per cent cut in money coming in from the government, and we haven’t cut services, we’ve made them more efficient. If we start cutting the car parks we have got to put the council tax up.”
The Bromsgrove Older People’s Forum is calling on people to support its cause by writing to Bromsgrove Council’s Chief Executive Kevin Dicks at the Council House, Burcot Lane, B60 1AA.
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