Thousands sign up to stop parking change

By Matthew McKew

Saturday, May 17, 2014


FOUR petitions attracting thousands of signatures have been launched by IW residents unhappy with the proposed changes to car parking.

The biggest complaint for residents and businesses is the proposal to extend the 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.

The 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 the promise. Leisure centre users, with a One Card, will be exempt, so leisure is free but education costs."

Nearly 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, 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."

More than 1,500 signatures were previously collected against council plans to introduce car park charges at Carisbrooke.


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