Tuesday, 16 April 2013

‘It’s clear Sir Alan is out of step with his constituents and this is just the latest problem to hit a council in crisis. We’ve had the leader of the council forced to apologise for calling his own town a ‘dump’,

Berwick MP enters county parking row
‘Alan Beith is out of touch with his residents as figures show the council actually loses money on its parking charges service’– Grant Davey

Labour today rounded on Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith as he became the latest high profile Liberal to defend the Liberal Democrat controlled County Council policy on parking charges. The charges see Berwick, Morpeth, Alnwick and Hexham singled out for parking charges which rake in an estimated £5m while other towns in the county see free parking.
Speaking on BBC political programme ‘The Sunday Politics’, the long serving MP defended parking charges but Labour are pointing out 35% of the population of Berwick signed a Labour petition calling for scrapping of parking charges to aid hard pressed businesses in the town. Over 3,000 people signed the petition and the local Chamber of Trade supported the campaign to support local traders in tough economic conditions.
Now Labour have accused Beith of ‘being out of touch and ignoring his residents’ and have called on him to clarify his statement where he said it would cost £4m to get rid of parking charges. They say the figure isn’t correct and overall, the council actually loses money by maintaining parking charges. It costs £5.2m to provide parking services in the county but revenue from charges and fines only account for £3m.
Labour group leader Grant Davey said
‘It’s clear Sir Alan is out of step with his constituents and this is just the latest problem to hit a council in crisis. We’ve had the leader of the council forced to apologise for calling his own town a ‘dump’, we’ve had a damning report on the failings of the food standards regime at County Hall which was covered up and now we’ve got a council which wants to continue to charge residents for parking even though they’re losing money on the service. To top it all, the council now refuses to recognise a petition signed by thousands of residents and is refusing to debate the issue’.  

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