Well it looks like we and our readers called it right again when we first considered the Wirral Council car parking charges debacle.
We don’t know if you remember that when we first heard about the madcap scheme we commented :
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!
Furthermore note this exchange we had with one of our perceptive readers :
And so it came to pass that the street parking charges has been kicked to the kerb and the proposed charges for parking in Wirral’s country parks -which as far as we can make out was the only lawful if counter-productive measure in Wirral Council’s car parking charge proposals- have been drastically reduced (although no doubt to be increased at a later date) .
We can only conclude these council proposals were either an elaborate and cynical ‘listening to the public’ ploy or council officers/councillors really are that clueless and this has been a time-consuming and costly calamity. You pay your money and you make your choice!
To mark this momentous turn of events Cllr Stuart ‘Witless’ Whittingham and council ‘leader’ Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies pose for a publicity shot with the magnificently monikered meat-purveyor Mr Muff.
“Oh how I long to get hold of Mr Muff’s meat cleaver …..” sighed Her Ladyship when she saw the gurning faces flanking our friendly butcher.
“Now,now my dear don’t you think that would be taking local government cuts a little too far ?!”…..