Following the announcement that Wirral Borough Council are proposing new charges for parking in Wirral Alison McGovern MP has expressed her opposition to the plans.
The plans include introducing charges to park in places including Wirral’s country parks and New Brighton which have previously provided free parking. In addition to this the council have also proposed to increase existing charges by fifty pence in Council operated car parks.
Speaking about why she is concerned about the plans Alison said: “Whilst I understand the budget pressures that the Council are under I worry about the impact of these charges.
I urge the council to think again on these proposals because if people decided not to pay the charges which I feel are unfair then this could result in cars being parked elsewhere to avoid them. This would cause problems for residential areas which could suffer as a result with problematic parking in their roads. If people were from visiting New Brighton and their local country parks over these charges then I feel this would be a great shame.
I also worry about the impact on local businesses. Shoppers may go to park where shopping areas provide free parking which would mean smaller independent businesses would lose out. I urge Wirral’s residents to share their views during the consultation process.”
You can share your views during the consultation submitting any objections together with the grounds on which they are made, on-line by Friday 10 February 2017 at www.wirral.gov.uk/highways (“Submit comments, questions or objections about new highway schemes in Wirral”) quoting the scheme reference numberSA/PS/2017.
Alternatively you can send an objection in writing to Steve Atkins, Parking Services Manager, Business Services, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 1ND by Friday 10 February 2017 quoting the scheme reference numberSA/PS/2017.