Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber, Wallasey Town Hall
The Civic Mayor referred to the recent deaths of both Councillor Denise Roberts and former Mayoress, Betty Smith, wife of Councillor Walter Smith, and the Council stood in silent tribute to their memories.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Council are asked to consider whether they have any disclosable pecuniary interests and/or any other relevant interest, in connection with any matter to be debated or determined at this meeting and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of such interest.
The Members of the Council were invited to consider whether they had any disclosable pecuniary and/or any other relevant interest in connection with any matters to be determined at this meeting and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of such interest.
No such declarations were made.
CIVIC MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
To receive the Civic Mayor's announcements and any apologies for absence.
The Civic Mayor noted that apologies had been received from Councillors Ron Abbey and Cherry Povall.
Proposed by Councillor Jeff Green
Seconded by Councillor Lesley Rennie
Council notes the unprecedented opposition to the Labour Leader’s plans to introduce car parking charges at:
· Wirral’s parks
· On-street parking in shopping centres
· Fort Perch Rock
And a 50p increase, on top of current charges, for all parking tariffs.
The robust opposition from local campaigners and Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors culminated in:
4011 signature petition objecting to car parking charges in New Brighton
2472 signature petition objecting to car parking charges in Hoylake
2450 signature petition objecting to car parking charges in Bromborough
3735 signature petition objecting to car parking charges in Moreton
1439 signature petition objecting to car parking charges in Irby
1104 signature petition objecting to car parking charges in West Kirby
711 signature petition objecting to car parking charges on Wirral’s High Streets
13,919 signature petition objecting to car parking charges in Wirral’s Country Parks
3268 signature petition objecting to car parking charges in Royden Park
A total of 33,109 signatures objecting to the Labour Administration’s car parking proposals.
While Council welcomes the embarrassing U-turn by the Leader of the Council in postponing any charges in: Wirral’s Town Centres, Fort Perch Rock and Promenades, and a reduction in his proposed increase to all parking tariffs from 50p to 20p, Council is concerned the Leader of the Council and his Labour colleagues have continued to ignore the 17,187 residents who have signed petitions against the introduction of ANY car parking charges in Wirral’s parks.
Council would like to take this opportunity to remind the Leader of the Council that Wirral Council Taxpayers already pay for the use and upkeep of our parks via the annual Council Tax they pay and believes our residents should not be charged twice for the use of their parks by the imposition of car parking charges.
Council notes the Leader of the Council’s ambition that Wirral Council should behave in a more ‘commercial’ manner.
Council would also direct him to successful commercial operations such as Marks and Spencer, Sainsburys, Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons, Aldi, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and the Croft Retail Park who have not introduced car parking charges and, from what Council can tell, have no intention to do so.
Council believes that ANY increase in car parking tariffs will have a damaging effect for Wirral’s shopping centres and the introduction of car parking charges in our parks will do untold damage to the grassroots football clubs, golfing societies, mental health charities and small businesses associated with them.
Council therefore requests the Leader of the Council to:
(a) withdraw his proposal of a 20p increase on all existing car parking tariffs
(b) withdraw his plan to introduce car parking charges at Wirral’s parks in their entirety.
Following a debate and prior to hearing the seconder of the motion, Councillor P Davies asked the Assistant Director: Law and Governance to give advice in respect of those Members who would sit on the Business Overview and Scrutiny Committee to hear a call-in ... view the full minutes text for item 119.