Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Senior local politicians and Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery have waded into the row about the council’s failure to log thousands of resident’s names describing the council’s lack of action as ‘deeply disturbing’ and an affront to the people who signed Labour’s petition which demanded free parking across the county.

Council accused of deliberately ignoring parking petition
‘The petition closed on 26 Feb – why won’t the council release how many people have signed up?’ – Ian Lavery
Senior local politicians and Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery have waded into the row about the council’s failure to log thousands of resident’s names describing the council’s lack of action as ‘deeply disturbing’ and an affront to the people who signed Labour’s petition which demanded free parking across the county.
Labour MP for Wansbeck Ian Lavery said

'Thousands of residents have signed up to Labour's petition on free parking but it seems the Liberal led council doesn't even want to debate this issue. They've dragged their feet over the petition and haven't even released the number of people signed up. I'm calling for the council to make public the number of people who signed have signed up and listen to the people who've taken time to sign up to the campaign to deliver fair parking across the county'. 
Ian Swithenbank said
‘It’s clear this isn’t an issue the council wanted to talk about but to deliberately ignore a petition which contained many thousands of names of people who had taken the time to sign up must feel like a deliberate snub from this Liberal Democrat administration. The council has failed in its duty to allow the petition to be heard and I can only assume that the Liberals in County Hall are desperately trying to silence the majority of people who want to see an end to the Liberal Democrat parking tax’.
It’s unknown exactly how many people have signed up to the Labour party’s petition to scrap the unfair Liberal Democrat parking tax and now the Labour party is demanding to know why the council is dragging its feet over the petition and how many people signed up to call to scrap parking charges.  
The council received an estimated 3,000 names collected in Berwick and hundreds collected in Morpeth and promised to ‘update and contact the petitioners shortly’. The petition closed on 26 Feb and the council have refused to hold the petition meeting.  
Now Morpeth Chamber of Trade and umbrella organisation Northumberland Chamber of Trade have launched their own campaign to push for free parking across the county and not just in the South East towns.
Labour group leader Grant Davey said
‘It feels like the Liberals are covering up and trying to hide the many thousands of people who signed up to express their dismay at the unfair parking tax which taxes towns like Berwick, Morpeth, Alnwick and Hexham while ignoring others. The council should come clean and at least publish how many people signed the petition.’

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