The Labour Group on Swale Borough Council is calling for more of the surplus income from parking charges and fines to be invested in car park improvements. This follows news of a considerable hike in fine income.
At last week’s Council meeting, Labour Leader Roger Truelove, asked Cllr Dewar Whalley, The Tory Finance Cabinet member, to justify the rise in the charges for long stay car parks and challenged the Tories to indicate one good example of investment in the state of a local car park. Cllr Truelove asked in particular about the semi derelict car park at the bottom of Shortlands Road. There was no answer.
Roman Ward Councillor Mike Haywood who represents the Shortlands Road area says, “There are extreme parking problems in the Shortlands Road area and it is especially difficult for visitors to find any where to park at weekends. The trouble is that the Council car park there is in such a state that very few people recognise it as being suitable for use. The Council did remove the unsightly and pointless metal entrance but we were told that there was no money for surface improvement.”
Cllr Ghlin Whelan, Transport spokesman for the Labour Group, adds
“I’m really not sure that the Tory administration realises just how fed up the local community is with their parking regime. I understand they think that putting up the rather irritating ticket machines is a progressive move. They are wrong about that. They also need to ensure that their parking attendants are not too over zealous. Labour is continuously getting complaints, even of examples of disabled people not being given time to park without harassment.”