Pe­ti­tion op­poses new park­ing charge

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A PE­TI­TION protest­ing against the car park­ing charges be­ing in­tro­duced at Birm­ing­ham’s flag­ship Can­non Hill Park has been signed by more than 2,100 peo­ple in its first week.

But the coun­cil is still press­ing ahead with plans to charge mo­torists for park­ing.

The charge will be £2 for the first four hours or £3 there­after, with fees payable from 7am to 11.30pm, and also on bank hol­i­days.

But res­i­dent Kaja Fawthrop has used to be­gin a pe­ti­tion, which she hopes of­fers a “pos­si­ble com­pro­mise” so­lu­tion.

Ms Fawthrop said: “Since Can­non Hill Park is op­po­site Edg­bas­ton cricket ground, the coun­cil might per­mit the first three hours to be free park­ing as Soli­hull Coun­cil do at, for ex­am­ple, Brue­ton Park, mean­ing the dog walk­ers and 700 park run­ners could still at­tend for free.

“There­after, make it £5 per day, not the cur­rently pro­posed charges of £2 for four hours and £3 for the day. I at­tend Park Run with my chil­dren, and Bri­tish Mil­i­tary Fit- ness, too. Par­tic­i­pants on a Saturday morn­ing ar­rive from a va­ri­ety of lo­ca­tions across the city and be­yond and need the car park to park their cars.

“Were Birm­ing­ham coun­cil to charge for this, it would re­sult in fewer peo­ple at­tend­ing the event and get­ting fit, or hav­ing a cof­fee in the Mac, walk­ing their dog, etc.”

Coun­cil­lor Lisa Trick­ett, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Clean Streets, Re­cy­cling and En­vi­ron­ment, said: “Cuts to our parks bud­get as part of wider, much-pub­li­cised fund­ing re­duc­tions mean we need to find money for es­sen­tial works, such as sur­face im-prove­ments, CCTV and light­ing. While we recog­nise some peo­ple have con­cerns about the in­tro­duc­tion of charges for some­thing that was pre­vi­ously free, these very rea­son­able charges will en­able us to in­vest in these much­needed im­prove­ments to the park­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Can­non Hill Park.”

> The Mac arts cen­tre in Can­non Hill Park, Edg­bas­ton

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