Monday, 28 July 2014

Politics: Evening parking charges called-in by opposition groups

The Conservative group on Calderdale Council is leading a revolt against the Labour Cabinet’s decision to keep evening parking charges in Halifax.

Cabinet’s controversial decision not to honour the removal of the charges has been called-in by Labour’s opponents who are concerned that the leading group have ignored the will of the Council.

Stephen Baines, leader of the Conservative group on Calderdale Council, said: “This was agreed at budget Council as a proposal to go through and Labour are overturning it.

“They say they listen to the people - they don’t.

“They are forcing through what they want and overruling the will of the Council because it was a majority decision by the Council at the time.

“The businesses in King Cross have lost a tremendous amount of money since the parking charges were introduced and people have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced as a direct consequence of these charges.”

The call-in will put the scheme before a panel on Tuesday who will decide whether to put it to full council on Wednesday.

Coun Baines said: “If all 26 members of the opposing parties turn up and vote against Labour on this issue, then it will go through and the charges should be removed - unless Labour again try to block the will of the Council.”

Colin Raistrick, (Ind, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe) - the councillor who could have the casting vote if the scheme is put to full council - said he was undecided how he will vote.

He said: “I think the current car parking strategy is falling apart - everything they’re doing is just a knee-jerk reaction.

“Whatever the Labour party want to say about process, they have defied the will of the Council.

“It’s completely undemocratic - it’s like living in a dictatorship.”

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