MP wades in to park­ing charge is­sue

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A DUNDEE MP has called for a re­view into “dam­ag­ing” park­ing charges which have been in­tro­duced in a town in his con­stituency.

Ste­wart Hosie MP, who rep­re­sents the peo­ple of Moni­fi­eth as part of his Dundee East ward, has writ­ten to An­gus Coun­cil ask­ing it to re­con­sider new park­ing charges.

Mr Hosie has writ­ten to com­mu­nity com­mit­tee con­vener Mark Sal­mond re­gard­ing the is­sue.

He claims shops in the lo­cal au­thor­ity had recorded a “dis­mal” foot­fall fig­ure in De­cem­ber, down by 10% on the year pre­vi­ous.

He said: “At a time when our high streets should have been bustling with folk, it is dis­ap­point­ing that An­gus Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion seems to have put folk off shop­ping lo­cally.

“I un­der­stand that tough de­ci­sions have to be made, how­ever, I hope that the coun­cil will com­mit to re­view­ing the charges af­ter six months when enough in­for­ma­tion has been gath­ered to tell if their in­tro­duc­tion has been a suc­cess or not.

“Many of my con­stituents and busi­ness own­ers in the area are re­ally wor­ried about the dam­ag­ing ef­fects these charges will have on our com­mu­ni­ties and high streets. I only hope the coun­cil will fi­nally lis­ten to rea­son and to the peo­ple of An­gus.”

Mr Sal­mond said: “I have writ­ten to Mr Hosie invit­ing him to meet with An­gus Coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Margo Wil­liamson, leader of An­gus Coun­cil David Fair­weather and my­self to hear first hand the is­sues fac­ing the county.”

Kevin Cordell

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