Before the local election, Cllr Simon Werner (Lib Dem) stated that he was committed and improving parking discounts for residents and that a 15% hike was too much. Is this the first of many manifesto pledge's broken?
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's Liberal Democrat Cabinet has sent shockwaves through the community by proposing a staggering 15% increase in car parking fees across most car parks in the Borough. In an additional blow to residents, the proposed plan includes up to a 200% increase in resident parking permit costs and the removal of free Electric Vehicle (EV) permits.
Moreover, the absence of the usual free Christmas parking days during the festive season raises concerns about support for local retailers and residents amid the ongoing cost of living crisis. This proposed surge in parking fees is nearly double the average increases implemented by the Conservative administration in previous years, prompting growing apprehension about its potentially devastating impact on the local high street.
As the cost of living crisis looms, the Conservative Party emphasizes the detrimental effects such hikes can have on the local economy. Lars Swann, spokesperson for the Windsor Conservative Association, expresses concern: "These increases are a disheartening blow to our town, particularly during these challenging times. Where is the support for our high street when it's needed the most?"
"The proposed parking fee hikes could have a severe impact on our local economy, affecting the livelihoods of business owners and their employees,"
Of particular concern is the discontinuation of previously free EV permits, viewed by many as a regressive step away from promoting sustainable transportation. In a time when environmental consciousness is paramount, the decision to increase costs for electric vehicles raises questions about the Borough's commitment to vehicle sustainability.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead community urges the Lib Dem Cabinet to reconsider these proposed increases, taking into account the potential repercussions on the local economy and the well-being of residents during these challenging times. For media inquiries, please contact Lars Swann email@example.com 07543 700638.