This week North West Leicestershire District Council have made the decision to introduce two hours free parking in Coalville or "free from three" as it is being called. This decision came after the Council employed a consultant to establish a car parking strategy throughout the district. The Labour Group at NWLeics have welcomed the idea, but are a little surprised the Tory administration have made the decision now, after rejecting the idea earlier in the year.
As Councillor Nick Clarke, shadow portfolio holder, explained; "We proposed this idea back in February, but it was soundly rejected by the Tory administration at the time. It appears that they have now done a complete U turn. After spending around £35,000 on a consultant they have reached exactly the same conclusion we came to 10 months ago. Brilliant!"
In February this year Labour made their proposal and Councillor John Geary stated that "the Coalville Town Team had requested a review of car parking over the last few years. He commented that this proposal would provide an opportunity to have two hours free car parking at the end of every day and would also enable us to assess the impact that had on the footfall in Coalville. He added that this would also fall in line with neighbouring towns such as Burton on Trent."
Nick Clarke went onto say; "At February's meeting Councillor Alison Smith expressed 'amazement' at our ideas and urged all members to vote against Labour's proposals. Now it appears she has decided to adopt our two hour free parking plan after all, of which I'm sure local business's and car park users will be delighted."
The "free from three" scheme is expected to begin in January.