The Isle of Wight Council is to consult on foot passenger charges for the floating bridge. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
PLANS to consult on floating bridge charges were agreed by Isle of Wight Council executive members last night (Monday).
A pressure group, led by Isle of Wight Cllrs Julia Baker-Smith and Luisa Hillard, along with East Cowes Town councillor Morris Barton, has been formed however to oppose charging passengers.
At last night’s meeting Cllr Baker-Smith queried the cost of collecting foot passenger tolls, the cost of consultation and predicted that if a 50p each way fare was introduced people would vote with their feet, take less journeys and dramatically reduce the projected £400,000 a year income.
Deputy leader Cllr Steve Stubbings said it was part of the Independent council’s commitment to consult on all significant issues.
The consultation is expected to be held at the end of the year.
For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, July 11.