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A Cheshire East Council executive has denied claims next year’s budget is a ‘blank cheque’ for raising car parking charges across Cheshire East.

Draft budget plans for 2020-21 that went out to public consultation said Cheshire East Council hopes to rake in up to £4.5 million by the end of 2023-24 after a review on car parking.

Cllr Arthur Moran, independent member for Nantwich North and West, told a scrutiny meeting the proposal “really does worry me”.

“It says here that the council’s priorities are to improve the environment and viability of the borough’s towns,” he said.

“Well I can tell you now – by having the highest car parking charges in Crewe and Nantwich, that is not helping the viability of those particular towns.

“If Nantwich has to pay, then everybody should pay.

“I don’t necessarily agree with free parking, but I do agree with a reasonable tariff.

“This is the biggest blank cheque that you will put through, councillors, if you vote for this on full council day.”

CEC members approved a five-year local transport plan last October, which hinted at new charges – including fees for parking on Sundays and at evenings in towns where there is a thriving night-time economy.

It is expected the council will review car parking in each of its towns over the next year – while CEC will also spend £350,000 on new pay and display machines in 2020-21.

Cllr Sam Corcoran, CEC’s Labour leader, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service in November that “some prices will go up, some will remain the same, and there may be towns where prices drop”.

Commenting on the plans to raise more cash from parking, Cllr Rod Fletcher, leader of CEC’s Liberal Democrat group, said: “Are these figures compatible with reducing car parking charges in places like Crewe, Nantwich and Macclesfield?”

Frank Jordan, executive director of place at CEC, told the corporate overview and scrutiny committee “it should not be read that every tariff will be automatically increased”.

“I think the point has been well made that there is variability in places across the borough,” he said.

“Clearly, we need to review those tariffs and base those tariffs on what type of aims we want to drive.

“So we may want to reduce tariffs in some parts of the borough because we want to encourage footfall, to support economic generation.

“We may want to increase in other parts because we want to discourage [car use] with our environmental agenda. For that reason it requires a fundamental review.”

Consultation on CEC’s budget plans for 2020-21 ended on Monday, and councillors are expected to sign off the final proposals at the full council meeting on February 20.

4 Comments

  1. Deluded council leaders. The high street , even Nantwich, is struggling therefore a forward thinking council would surely want to encourage people into the town. If the council cannot manage its budget more effectively why not get someone in who can. Add to this the car parks are not maintained, infrastructure which supports local people coming into Nantwich is appalling all adds to the motivate online shopping,

  2. Do the travellers buy a parking ticket for their cars and caravans

  3. To reinvigorate the high street, parking charges need to be fair to encourage shoppers. In addition, empty shops such as the old co-op should have vinyl coverings of an attractive scene paid for by the landlord, not civic society, This is more attractive, encourages a new lessee and discourages vandalism, That corner of Nantwich is particularly bad, especially now Romazzinos shows how attractive it can be made. Please sort these eye sores out by making landlords accountable!

  4. Steve Crewe. says:

    I hope the extra profit Cheshire East make from car parking will be put to good use like repairing the roads for example. Please tell me where the £145 car tax I pay goes to each year because is certainly does not go towards the roads.

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