Islanders' views will help shape parking strategy, pledge

By Martin Neville

Thursday, May 22, 2014

 

Islanders' views will help shape parking strategy, pledge

Newportl businesses angry over a rise in par parking charges at Chapel Street Car Park. From left, Danny Whittington (Dominos) with Jai Nolan (Arnold Heal), Julie Jones-Evans (Dragonfly), Steve Smith (Newport Business Association), David Boon (Hairleaders), Chris Barton (Island Photo Centre), Cllr John Hobart, Clare Rozak (the Catologue Shop), Clara Kureen (Forget Me Not), Ben Johnson (Wight Mountain) and Sherri-Anne Parkinson (Farmhouse Fayre).

A SENIOR councillor has re-affirmed his pledge to listen to the views of Islanders when the Isle of Wight Council decides on the future of parking.

Thousands of people have signed petitions objecting to plans for increased parking charges and a reduction in free parking hours.

The issue was debated at length at last night’s (Wednesday) full council meeting.

Responding to calls for an Islandwide strategy, Cllr Jon Gilbey, executive member for finance and highways PFI , said final plans would be drawn up after the public consultation and form the basis of an all-Island parking strategy.

The consultation is due to end on June 6 and a final report will be presented to the executive in July, once all responses had been considered.

Cllr Gilbey said: "It’s one of those subjects which is extremely contentious. It’s a matter of finding common ground, something we can all agree on. We will listen, take on board the views and act accordingly."

Conservative leader Cllr Dave Stewart criticised the consultation however.

Speaking after the meeting, he said there was a groundswell of anger at the plans for parking charges.

"The Independent Group has now acknowledged the need for a strategic review and we will support them in that work.

"Unfortunately at the full council meeting, the Independents gave us no clear vision of why they may be planning to significantly increase parking revenue in a piecemeal way," he said.

Campaigner Tony Gibbs, who created an online petition against parking charges at Appley and Puckpool, said: "They have said they will listen to the people, so it will be interesting to hear the results of the consultation and see if they really do."

A protest walk is due to be held in Appley on Sunday. The walk leaves from Appley Tower at 10.30am.

For details of how to take part in the consultation, click here.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Steve Smith

23rd May 2014, at 10:56:17

John, at £3 per day (£1.50 for Council employees) how cheap do you want it to be before you use the bus?

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by john jones

23rd May 2014, at 08:21:40

do the council have to penalise people who live and work on the island all year round when a lot of them have no choice but to go to work in their cars? when the season is over residents will still have to pay the higher price parking fees. wouldn't it be a good idea to charge all visitors to the island a driving charge for the privilege of driving round our beautiful isle? better still the council could help the bus service to reduce its fares then we could all leave our cars at home and catch the bus

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by Jack Woodford

22nd May 2014, at 16:43:29

Mark - the school re-organisations changed markedly as a result of consultation and many schools were 'saved'. As it turns out though, there are still too many surplus places.
On the parking issue, the council really does have an issue. Charges on the Island are comparatively very, very cheap. the trouble is the average Island motorist has become very, very miserly as a result of this.
Poor old Stevie Stubbs and co have an insoluble problem ahead. Looks like they will actually have to make a decision. Now there's a thing.

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by Yvonne Carter

22nd May 2014, at 16:25:47

THE WALK LEAVES APPLEY CAR PARK AT 10AM NOT 10.30AM SUNDAY ACCORDING TO THE POSTER IN THE PUCKPOOL PARK CAFE.

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by Mike Crowe

22nd May 2014, at 16:00:25

I don't think that the Council are stupid enough to extend the evening parking from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm. I think this was one of those things/suggestions which they threw into the pot without the intention of ever implementing it and will abandon the idea 'because we have listened to what you said'.

I might be wrong, but if you were a Councillor, would you sign your own death warrant?

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by Mark Dunsford

22nd May 2014, at 15:43:26

2 minutes Googling brought up the interesting fact that a parking permit in North Devon costs about £200, parking charges are about half of ours and they have no evening charging and plenty of free car parks.

Perhaps they not only consult but do actually listen over there.

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by Mark Dunsford

22nd May 2014, at 14:44:58

Given that the same was said about listening prior to the school's reorganisation you'll forgive me if I don't believe a word they say.

As I recall, voting didn't change the fate of the primary schools either.

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by Mike Crowe

22nd May 2014, at 14:22:01

Andy C. It appears you don't know much about the workings of Parish Council, County Council and Council employees.

I would keep quiet and not post if I were you ;-)

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by steve skelton

22nd May 2014, at 13:29:36

its not a local election thou is it harry ? its the local idiots we have to get out... waste of our money...what the f*** does a parash counciler do ? answers on a postage stamp please......

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by steve skelton

22nd May 2014, at 13:09:05

agree they will listen but know one said they will do what the people they voted, and pay there wages want them to do...."its a cash cow, just another pint" !!!!!!
theres very few council members i would trust...

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