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Bad New Year’s Present for Portsmouth Motorists

January 7, 2015 11:35 PM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

New Year will bring bad news for around 12,000 families in Portsmouth who will be charged £40 a year for the first time for a residents parking permit.

Proposals voted through by the Conservative, Labour and UKIP coalition of councillors running Portsmouth City Council will see this new charge imposed from 1st April 2015. The decision to do this will be taken on Thursday 8th January at the Traffic and Transport Cabinet Member's decision meeting in the Guildhall at 5pm.

Local Lib Dem councillors are opposing this new stealth tax.

"All residents parking schemes that were brought into Portsmouth since 2002 were brought in on the understanding with residents that the first permit would be free. Now, the Conservative. Labour and UKIP coalition running Portsmouth wants to break this agreement with local residents," says Portsmouth's Lib Dem Leader, Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

"The Conservative, Labour and UKIP councillors have decided to spend money on new plush offices and extra staff for the Leader of the Council instead of protecting residents from these extra charges. This is wrong. Lib Dem councillors proposed a different way of saving this money by reducing senior management costs at the City Council. Conservative, Labour and UKIP councillors voted against this and killed this idea. This is a disgrace."

The new charges will bring in £380,000 a year to the City Council. The only two residents car parking schemes which made a profit (£86,000 a year), were abolished by Conservative, Labour and UKIP councillors, making the financial problem even worse.