Thursday, 23 February 2012

Tories and LibDems reject free parking in Coalville and Ashby

At tonights budget meeting of North West Leicestershire District Council the Tories and Lib Dems showed their true feelings about struggling residents, tenants and businesses in the district.

In recognition that our town centres are struggling Labour had managed to put together realistic proposals to introduce first hour free parking to our market towns without the need to cut customer facing services.

When I spoke at the meeting I pointed out that although Labour had first introduced parking charges circumstances in the intervening years have changed beyond recognition and we must be big enough to realise our towns desparately need help to survive in the worst economy for generations.

Instead the local Tories and LibDems preferred to increase reserves, watching on whilst yet more businesses close.

It's so sad that local politicians, including those who are local traders, couldn't put their partisan differences to one side for the benefit of struggling families and businesses.

In a separate measure Labour formally proposed a reduction of 10% in Councillors 'special' allowances. Once again local Tories preferred to protect their own pockets and rejected the proposal rather than showing that we really are 'all in this together'.

Although the Tories have turned down this proposal I have already shown that actions are worth more than deeds by advising the Council Monitoring Officer that I will voluntarily renounce 10% of my allowance. Will any Tories follow suit? I doubt it.

Finally, in the face of Labour opposition we witnessed the Tories vote to increase council house rents by a massive 8.25%.

Sadly only Labour seems to realise how local people are suffering, it's such a pity that the Conservative administration and lonely LibDem don't seem to care.


  1. Maybe not so pertinent to Coalville, but Swadlincote - which is free to park throughout - seems to be booming at present, with a new cinema and shopping centre. I live in Ashby but a 15-20 minute walk from the centre and it's easier and cheaper to drive to Tesco or Swad nowadays.

  2. You're absolutely right.

    Swadlincote HAS got stronger we need to emulate their strong points, which of course include free parking.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. some time ago, but some things never change in NWLeics