Scrutiny committee recommends parking charge review

By Richard Wright

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

A CHALLENGE to the Isle of Wight Council decision to scrap free parking at several prominent car parks, has persuaded the authority’s scrutiny committee to ask the executive committee to make a u-turn.

Independent councillors Bob Blezzard and Roger Whitby-Smith, and Conservative Cllr Stuart Hutchinson, 'called-in’ the executive decision, claiming the authority failed to adequately consult residents and businesses.

Despite widedspread objections the executive voted to introduce charges at Appley and Puckpool, The Heights and Medina leisure centres, Carisbrooke, Wootton, Seaview and Totland.

The new charges, coupled with charging throughout the Island until 8pm instead of the current 6pm, were predicted to generate £256,000.

The 8pm recommendation was rejected however, substantially reducing increased revenue.

The scrutiny committee tonight (Wednesday) voted five to one in favour, with three abstentions, to recommend the executive conduct a full review of parking strategy before any decisions are made and those decisions should be made by the full council, not the executive alone.

Their recommendation will go before executive on August 5.

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