|Parking cash cow for Wandsworth Council|
|Thursday, 10 September 2009 08:55|
Residents of Tooting are still smarting following the Council’s decision to raise parking charges by over 25% this year.
The Council has failed to make any major improvements to parking facilities in the area, meaning many residents are unable to find a parking spot close to their home.
The cost of a parking permit in Wandsworth has risen from £75 to £95 over the past year - which is more than 50% higher than the next-door Merton Council. And local businesses have seen an even greater rise in parking charges.
Furthermore, Wandsworth parking permits only allow residents to park in the immediate vicinity of their home, and are not valid elsewhere in the borough.
Labour campaign team member James Daley said, “This latest hike in parking charges is a disgrace - hitting Tooting residents and businesses when they can least afford it. The Council has huge financial reserves, which it should be drawing on in tough times like these.”
Labour campaign team member Sheila Boswell said, “In the current economic climate, this is the last thing we need. Wandsworth Council should be looking for ways to help local families and businesses, not promise low taxes then hit them with hidden costs and price hikes like this.”
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