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Portsmouth Council to Blackmail Residents to Get Rid of Residents Parking Zones

January 12, 2015 7:19 PM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Councillor Ken Ellcome, the Conservative Cabinet Member for Traffic, has decided to go ahead with a consultation on residents parking but with only 2 options. Either to pay a fee for residents car parking or to lose their schemes. He rejected a request from Lib Dem councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson to include a question asking whether they wanted to keep residents car parking schemes as they are.

"This is outrageous," says Portsmouth Lib Dem Leader, Gerald Vernon-Jackson. "The Conservatives don't want people to have a real choice in any consultation but only a choice of pay up this new charge or lose your parking scheme. This is blackmail. And they are consulting without saying what the charge will be, so how can people make a decision with no cost, it could be £100 or more."