“We have heard throughout today what this Tory administration of SURREY CC is all about. It is striving to become a world-class authority, it supports all aspects of Localism and wants to assist whenever possible in helping the Local Surrey Economy.
So what do they do – they propose ON-STREET PARKING CHARGES with Parking Meters to boot!!
Having spoken to many residents and traders/shopkeepers in my Division – they are appalled by such a proposal. They see it as a ‘Cash Cow’. There has been no consultation with business-folk or residents but we are now told that the Local committees are going to discuss the proposals and give their views. What if a Local Committee says NO we don’t want this – it does not enhance in any way our economy and locally shopkeepers and residents are totally against the proposals. Do we expect the Portfolio holder or the Cabinet to say OK that’s fine we won’t introduce it. I think not!!
A reason for the introduction of such charges apparently is cars loitering/cruising awaiting parking spaces. How ridiculous is that – the A24 in Ashtead is not a road that sees this in any form – in fact the police might be interested in any such action – we have considerable churn of cars in the areas listed for Ashtead – it’s like the latest Tory suggestion that the recent stagnation of growth in the UK was down to the winter snow!!
Also the arbitrary way the parking bays have been selected for on street charges completely undermines the whole proposal. I have in my Division 3 shopping areas, 2 of which are in the proposal and 1 that is not. Funnily enough the one that is not, has the Local Tory HQ right in the middle of the shops. Residents take note of that – remember that!!
These charges will create major problems at this difficult time for local shops and traders.
This is an arrogant Tory administration that has not in any way tried to engage with local people, whether residents or shopkeepers, has not considered the relevant charges in any nearby car parks – the charges suggested are out of kilter with local car parks – and they are suggesting putting in Parking Meters which will change the ambiance, the feel of many villages and towns – urbanising these areas. What if there are no car parks near the shopping area – watch out residents there will be a number of cars parked in your road very shortly. And also when mentioning any surplus going back into improving the Highways – just laughter – no one believes this!! Credibility – This Tory administration has NO credibility in this area.
And as far as World Class – it’s NO Class, and if this Tory administration even think they might win a Most Improved Council Prize – perhaps the judges should be told to speak to local residents and tradespeople who will tell them what they really think about such a Council that doesn’t care and doesn’t listen!!.
This proposal drives a stake through the heart of Localism and stabs the Local Economy of Surrey in the back.
The proposal should be stopped immediately !!”
Chris Townsend – Surrey County Council – February 2011