Labour slam ‘Liberal double standards’
Liberal councillor backs free car parking plan
Labour has today called for Liberal councillor Isabel Hunter of Berwick with Ord ward to back their campaign to end ‘the unfair lottery of car parking charges which penalise Berwick and Hexham’.
Now Labour are stepping up the pressure on Liberal councillors who represent wards which still have car parking charges after it emerged that the council was ‘raking in’ £1.95m in fees and charges alone.
Labour group leader Grant Davey said
Coun Isabel Hunter, Lib Dem member for Berwick West with Ord, said: “It’s encouraging that despite the savings the council needs to make, it has found a way to scrap Sunday parking charges in Berwick. This move will encourage more people to come into the town on Sundays to eat, shop and socialise and will be a real boost to the town’s traders.
“I am pleased that this is going to be implemented so soon, meaning there will be plenty time for people to get their Christmas shopping done on Sundays. Taken together with the huge cut being made to charges on other days, this is very good news for visitors to Berwick.”
A report to the county council’s executive last month stated that the move “would further reinforce the council’s commitment to supporting local businesses”.