Park­ing charges to go up by 20%

North Wales Weekly News - - FRONT PAGE -

“The Save our Beach cam­paign said no one would come to Llan­dudno be­cause of the state of the beach, but you couldn’t move there in the sum­mer. A park­ing charge will not de­ter peo­ple.”

Cllr Anne McCaf­frey pointed out that charges hadn’t been raised since 2008 and that the “sta­tus quo was no longer sus­tain­able”.

Iwan Davies, Conwy coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “This is a dif­fi­cult decision but there will be far more dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions that will have to be made in due course.”

Coun­cil­lors sup­ported the rec­om­men­da­tion to scrap free park­ing dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod this year, and to eval­u­ate the ef­fect on lo­cal busi­nesses.

How­ever, high­ways port­fo­lio holder Cllr Dave Cowans agreed to start a di­a­logue with lo­cal com­mu­nity and town coun­cils to see if they would foot the £10,000 bill and al­low free park­ing to con­tinue.

It was agreed that one-hour park­ing charges will be frozen in or­der to support lo­cal busi­nesses.

Cllr Cowans said: “The coun­cil won’t rush into any­thing. We’ll take our time to de­cide what to do and will be look­ing at the whole county in a push to raise funds.”

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