Parking changes: IWC Executive reject Scrutiny Committee to review recommendations
replica iwc The Scrutiny Committee called for a full and proper review of parking to be carried out before any changes are introduced and that a final decision be made by the full council, not just the nine members of the Executive.
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replica iwc watches At last night’s Isle of Wight council Executive meeting, members considered the recommendation from the Scrutiny Committee that a ‘full parking review’ be undertaken before the introduction of changes to parking charges across the Island.
replica iwc The Executive debated the call-in for around 30 minutes before they dismissed the recommendation of a full review.
replica iwc The proposed changes Highlights of the proposed changes include the introduction of charging for 19 car parks (formally 20 until Blackgang Viewpoint was removed from the list) that were previously free to use, the abolition of free parking in five towns one afternoon a week and extending seasonal charging to commence 1st March rather than 1st April.
As could have been predicted, the proposals attracted fierce opposition from residents and businesses with thousands of residents objecting, including nine petitions.
The recommendation The recommendation from the Scrutiny Committee followed a call-in by three councillors of the decision made by the Executive at their July meeting.
After debate a special meeting , the recommendation read as follows:
THAT the Executive be recommended to review its decision with a request that a full parking review be undertaken before any future decision is made and that any proposals be put to full Council.
Accusation of recommendation being ‘spurned’ According to the live reporting of BBC’s political correspondent for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Jessica Parker, chair of the Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Geoff Lumley (Lab) expressed concern the Executive is “spurning” recommendations from his committee.
Defending his election promise to equalise parking across the Island , Cllr Richard Priest was reported as saying the car parking strategy left by former Conservative administration was “a real dog’s breakfast”.
Delays would ‘cost the council’ As had been mentioned at the call-in meeting, members were advised that any delay in implementing the changes to parking charges could “cost the council up to £40,000 depending on the length of the delay and the fact that it is taking place during the main holiday season”.
The council say the changes will be introduced ‘as soon as possible’.
Image: cr01 under CC BY 2.0 Location map View the location of this story in Newport, England, United Kingdom.
Wednesday, 6th August, 2014 8:52am
By Sally Perry
Filed under: Island-wide , Isle of Wight Council , Isle of Wight News , Top story
10 Comments davidwalter's comment is rated +2 6.Aug.2014 9:05am
Last meeting I was at, ?ten days ago, Cllr Jon Gilbey said none of it was ‘set in stone’. Postcrete then? Offensive comment? Reply CB500's comment is rated +106.Aug.2014 9:25am
Genius! I work in a High street business so thanks for that. What I would like to know is why they have penalised hundreds of Island businesses but they still allow Ventnor harbour to operate at a £100,000.00 a year loss for the benefit of a few fishermen? Offensive comment? Reply Suruk the Slayer's comment is rated +66.Aug.2014 12:19pm
What is the point of a “Scrutiny Committee” if their recommendations can be ignored by the people being scrutinised? Offensive comment? Reply JohnR's comment is rated +26.Aug.2014 4:53pm
Just increasing the size of the ‘Cash Cow’ that car parks have become. Witnessed two wardens last night (approx 20-30pm) park their car in an area designated for Motor cycles and Waste bins and then proceed to issue tickets for vehicles not parked correctly in the marked bays! Offensive comment? Reply Albert E Hadfled's comment not rated yet. Add your vote6.Aug.2014 5:07pm
Did you foto them? Offensive comment? Reply Julie's comment not rated yet. Add your vote7.Aug.2014 9:14am
This will surely kill tourism to towns and villages and this cash cow will be very short lived .I have read that certain mainland councils have removed car parking in some town centres and this has improved additional revenue through business rates .I suppose it is only to be expected by a short sighted bunch of clueless wannabes Offensive comment? Reply davidwalter's comment not rated yet. Add your vote7.Aug.2014 9:31am
What amazes me is clear statement, on several occasions I was present, in Council meetings, when we were told that the parking proposals were “not set in stone”. Next we hear is that they are being implemented without further discussion. It beggars belief that they can be so cavalier. Is Ian Stephens aware that’s what we were told, I wonder? Offensive comment? Reply Julie's comment not rated yet. Add your vote7.Aug.2014 9:21am
Sorry just read CB500 comment about Haven or Harbour or whatever ….. why is this allowed as far is I can see there are 2/3 crab boats run by a privately owned fish mongrel . Why do WE subsidise this and then penny pinch on parking Offensive comment? Reply Julie's comment not rated yet. Add your vote7.Aug.2014 9:22am
Sorry should read fishmonger Offensive comment? Reply davidwalter's comment not rated yet. Add your vote7.Aug.2014 9:26am
Julie, the bill for having a full mouth of breakfast coffee from my keyboard is on its way to you :-)
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