Car park charge U-turn sparks more calls to scrap Keynsham fee

Published on: 07 Dec 2012

Car park charge U-turn sparks more calls to scrap Keynsham fee

A proposal to introduce parking charges at the district’s car parks has been scrapped – sparking further calls for free parking in Keynsham.

Bath and North East Somerset Council had considered bringing in charges at a number of sites that are currently free as part of its budget for 2013/2014.

But Councillor Roger Symonds (Lib Dem, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “We are a listening council and the messages that the Cabinet heard about abolishing free parking in many car parks were very clear.

“Proposals for charging in Batheaston, Chew Magna, Midsomer Norton, Paulton, Peasedown St John, Radstock, Saltford, Timsbury, and Wellow will not form part of the Cabinet’s budget recommendation to council in February 2013.”

The decision, while welcomed by many across the district, could create a £300,000 gap in the authority’s budget, according to Conservative councillors.

Keynsham councillor Kate Simmons said: “The council has found £300,000 to keep parking free elsewhere in the authority.  It should now find the funds to deliver it for Keynsham.”

The council is inviting residents to help it set the budget by answering the following questions: What should we do less of? What are your ideas for improving services at lower cost? What services/communities should we make a priority?

You can answer at www.bathnes.gov.uk/budgetview or write to the council at Resources Team, 3rd Floor, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW.

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