Once again we get a sense of deja vu at Leaky Towers as another campaign seeks to prevent car park charges being imposed at Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton – and it would seem anywhere else you might want to park your car on Wirral.
‘The Brand New Brighton Rocks On’ was a winner of a Leaky Award 2015 for Campaign of the Year.Their campaign forced Wirral Council to do a U-turn on parking charges in New Brighton.
However undeterred and looking for a convenient cash cow it would appear Wirral Council are back like ‘The Terminator’ of the traffic world.
The new campaign to prevent the imposition of parking charges is here:
We think it is significant that the campaign has rightly identified where the real political power base lies within Wirral when it says : ‘The Labour Council in Wirral has scrapped parking charges on some days in Birkenhead but plans to introduce ‘pay and display’ charges around the seafront. This could force Morrisons, the Light Cinema and Bubbles play centre to do the same and push even more traffic into the residential roads nearby. Tell our councillors to treat all parts of Wirral fairly and scrap the plan for charges in New Brighton!’
However what we’re particularly perplexed about is that Wirral Council somehow think that erecting parking meters left, right and centre is a whizzo money making scheme. Surely they must know that powers invested in them under Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 make it illegal for local authorities to set charges in order to provide a source of revenue for other activities, even if the money raised is used to fund transport provision. The level of charges must be based solely on the need to manage parking; if that level generates a surplus only then may it be put to use elsewhere. Having said that we know how lax Wirral Council’s legal department can be when it comes to giving proper legal advice and complying with the law!
So here’s an alternative idea – how about imposing charges on Wirral Council staff and councillors parking outside council buildings and see how that goes down shall we ?