The Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on Powys County Council is to push for a wider review of off-street parking provision in the county, following the recent decision by the Council’s Cabinet member for highways to review the previous Cabinet decision to impose charges on several previously-free car parks.
Cllr John Morris, County Councillor for Crickhowell, has tabled a question at the next County Council meeting on the 13th July challenging the Cabinet member to conduct a wider review of off-street parking across the county as a means of ensuring fairness to all communities and looking specifically at the issue as a means of stimulating local economies.
Commenting on the situation, Cllr Morris said:-
“There were good historical reasons why some public car parks in Powys were free of charges, including the need to provide off-street car parking in predominantly residential areas and because of historical agreements. But it is imperative that all communities feel they are being treated fairly by the County Council and the review announced must uphold that principle.”
“There is also an urgent need to consider whether parking policy might be used to help stimulate the local economies of our struggling market towns. For example, whether free parking might be offered in all car parks for the first 2 hours, or indeed whether we need to establish more free car parks, especially when they are situated away from town centres.”
“The economic outlook is very uncertain at the moment and Powys County Council needs to be pro-active and urgently introduce policies to stimulate the economy. Car parking is one important aspect of that.”
Date - 29/06/17