Workplace parking charges blocked, for now...

Calls to introduce new parking charges for people who drive to their workplaces in Wirral have been blocked by the Borough's Conservative Councillors.

The plan, submitted to the Council by the Green Councillors, backed by the Liberal Democrats and tweaked by the Labour Councillors, was blocked after Conservative Councillors refused to support any version of it.

Councillor Geoffrey Watt said: "Last month, all parties backed calls for a plan to tackle the climate emergency.  The immediate reaction of the other parties is to introduce additional parking charges on anyone who drives to their workplace in Wirral.

"If we want to encourage more people to use public transport we have to make sure that is up to scratch before introducing parking charges or, as the Green's called it, the 'Workplace Parking Levy'.  Whatever you call it, it's still going to hit working people in our Borough.

The Borough's Conservative Councillors, instead, called for the Metro Mayor and Merseytravel to use the powers they have under the 2017 Bus Services Act to re-regulate some bus routes to improve services for everyone.

Councillor Geoffrey Watt added: “No doubt the other parties will keep trying to introduce these charges, just as they have in our country parks like Royden, and as they tried to introduce on our promenades."


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