Anger over changes to car parking charges

By Matthew Mckew

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

 

FOUR petitions attracting hundreds of signatures each have been launched by Isle of Wight residents, who are unhappy with the proposed changes to car parking charges.

The biggest gripe of residents and businesses is the extension of chargeable hours from 8am to 6pm to 8am to 8pm at council car parks and on-street parking areas.

The largest petition, which concentrates on the changes at Appley and Puckpool car parks, collected more than 3,000 signatures.

Organiser Tony Gibbs has been invited to a council meeting to discuss the petition's objectives.

A petition against the proposals at the Medina Leisure Centre car park has attracted more than 400 signatures.

It reads: "The council say education is a priority but this proposal hits at the heart of their promise. Leisure centre users, with a One Card, will be exempt so leisure is free but education costs."

Almost 300 people had signed a petition on Wednesday complaining about the plans to scrap free parking for 30 minutes at Moa Place, Freshwater.

It said: "This will hit those struggling on small fixed incomes who are already finding it hard."

A fourth petition against changes at Brannon Way car park, in Wootton, attracted more than 100 signatures.

It said: "All villagers, whether or not they use the car park, will be affected by the reduction in the number of people frequenting the village and the inevitable demise of local businesses."

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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