I am very pleased that Wirral Council have measures in the current budget that would reduce the cost of car parking in Heswall. Our shopping high streets are a vital part of our communities and local small businesses need to be supported.
I have been speaking to Heswall business owners as they shared their views on car parking charges with me and I have met with them to discuss their concerns on how the charges were impacting on their businesses.
The cuts imposed on Wirral Council from central government have been unfair and have meant that the local authority has had to make difficult decisions. An example of just how unfair the cuts have been is the fact that Wirral has lost £152 per head in funding whilst the Conservative controlled North Dorset Council lost just £2 per head.
Wirral’s Labour-controlled council is facing deep cuts and serious pressures on its financial budget from central government but has demonstrated that it has listened to the concerns expressed by local business owners and have acted on them.
The reduced charges which are part of a 12-month trial period are fairer for both shoppers and business owners. The reductions are great news for areas across the borough.
Wirral Council did reintroduce a temporary “free after three” scheme during the Christmas period to support local businesses over the festive period, but it’s positive news that there is now a more permanent measure in the budget.
The local authority has demonstrated that even when its budget has been slashed so significantly that it is supporting communities and listening to people to make the right decisions for Wirral.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News