Thousands back free parking call

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

 

Thousands back free parking call

From left, Courtney Parker, Ewan Gulliver, Lynsey Hardy, Mark Nagle, Debra Nagle, Sharron Gibbs, Tony Gibbs, Cllr Jon Gilbey and Cllr Roger Whitby-Smith.Picture by Matthew Mckew.

A PETITION calling for parking charge plans for Appley and Puckpool to be scrapped has been handed to the Isle of Wight Council.

Signed by more than 2,800 people, the petition was started after the Isle of Wight Council announced plans to start charging for parking at the two popular parks this summer.

Tony Gibbs, who fears charges would hit local businesses and lead to a decline in visitors, said he hoped the petition would ensure the council debated the issue before charges were introduced.

"There’s a full council meeting on May 21 and we hope they will debate the issue then. There’s a chance we could get them to do a u-turn on the plans," said Mr Gibbs, 48, of Station Road, Brading.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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