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Conservatives Overturn Car Park Charges Increase

January 18, 2011

Councillor Howard Jones (Leader of the Conservative Group on RBK) has welcomed news that the decision concerning the unprecedented increase in parking charges has been deferred until Budget Council on 15th February.

The announcement comes after Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Local Government (Cons), said that pushing up parking charges was “the lazy approach to saving money”.

The Council has deferred any decision on the unpopular and outrageous hikes in both on-street and contract parking, recently announced by the Council on Christmas Eve, which would adversely affect small businesses and the viability of the town centre, after representations from Cllr Jones.

The Conservative Group Leader said ‘very sensibly they have listened to our argument and agreed that all financial decisions should be addressed in totality rather than piecemeal throughout the year and we’ll wait to see the budget proposals in February when we will be able to take a holistic view of our precarious financial situation.’

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