Having listened to residents and traders, our Labour councillors have called for a pause in the car parking review … but the issues of congestion, the environment and huge government cuts to the council’s budget still remain.
You can read the statement from Labour leader Doina Cornell here:
“The strength of feeling by local people and traders is something we as councillors must listen to. What has become clear over the public consultation period is that the council cannot just consider car park charging in isolation from other issues concerning the vibrancy and life of our village and town centres.
“Many of us Labour councillors represent wards in these towns and we are all in agreement we need to think again. Therefore I am calling for a thorough review of all car parking arrangements in the district, in the towns, including Stroud, Stonehouse and Painswick, as well as surrounding villages. I expect this to be a key priority for our new Chief Executive when she joins us in the autumn.
“However, as a result of the huge cuts in funding faced by the council, the challenges of how and who pays for car parking, maintenance and enforcement will not go away. Nor will the issue of increasing traffic congestion in our towns and the impact that has on our environment and our well being.
“I look forward to us having a constructive dialogue with key partners including parish and town councils and local traders, to see how we can continue to provide car parking services and support them in their efforts to maintain the vibrancy of our high streets.”