Bat­tle lines drawn again over paid park­ing

Stabroek News Sunday - - GLOBAL GOSSIP -

Bat­tle lines are once again be­ing drawn over me­tered park­ing fol­low­ing Thursday’s vote by the Mayor and City Coun­cil (M&CC) to con­tinue ne­go­ti­a­tions with the in­vestor in the con­tro­ver­sial project, Smart City So­lu­tions (SCS). The Move­ment Against Park­ing Me­ters (MAPM), which waged a months-long cam­paign for the re­vo­ca­tion of the con­tract with SCS, in­tends to spend the week­end re­group­ing after the M&CC re­jected a rec­om­men­da­tion to re­voke the agree­ment. Given the furore over paid park­ing which saw city res­i­dents boy­cotting the me­ters over a num­ber of months, it has been pointed out that Thursday’s slim vote in favour – 13 to 12 – did not even rep­re­sent a ma­jor­ity of those on the coun­cil. The M&CC has 30 coun­cil­lors and a ma­jor­ity vote would be at least 16. Ob­servers say that a vote by 13 coun­cil­lors could not be viewed as a clear man­date to go ahead. Thursday’s vote was also sig­nif­i­cant as sev­eral APNU coun­cil­lors voted against the coali­tion’s line.

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