At Tuesday’s NWLDC meeting, the ruling Tory Group and Liberal Democrat Cllr Wyatt turned down a Labour amendment to the Budget that would have spent some of the District Council’s reserves on providing 2 hours free parking after 3pm in Coalville and Ashby town centres for one year. The outcomes after one year were expected to contribute to a wider District car parking review.
The proposal, calculated to cost £60,000, would have been paid for out of a £1,600,000 Special Projects Reserve created to hold surplus funds from Planning receipts and the Government’s New Homes Bonus.
Cllr Sue McKendrick is disappointed, ,“Grants from central Government are being cut and will leave the Council increasingly dependent on Business Rates raised from local traders. This project would have invested in our town centres and made them a better place to do business in.”
Labour Business lead Cllr John Geary agreed, “Instead of wasting money on surveys and consultants, this scheme would have provided real data for the Council’s planned review of parking. We would be able to measure the effect of free parking in the afternoons on town centre footfall and decide if the scheme is helping local businesses.”