Park­ing charges back­lash

Paisley Daily Express - - The Neil Deal -

Last week, SNP coun­cil­lors on Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil voted through plans to in­tro­duce park­ing charges in John­stone and Ren­frew town cen­tres.

Park­ing charges are also set to in­crease for Pais­ley res­i­dents too.

Lo­cal busi­ness and com­mu­nity groups in John­stone and Ren­frew have called this move “a dis­grace” and have warned that the move could be “a dis­as­ter” for the lo­cal town cen­tres.

My Labour coun­cil­lor col­leagues voted against these plans which ap­pear to be noth­ing more than a money-mak­ing ex­er­cise.

What is as­ton­ish­ing is that this new coun­cil pol­icy has been ap­proved by the SNP with­out any con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal busi­nesses or res­i­dents.

Given the huge back­lash we are al­ready see­ing against these plans, then at the very least there should be a full pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the is­sue.

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