Will the Windsor & Maidenhead parking discount be back?
THE Ruling Conservatives have pledged they “fully intend” to reinstate the much appreciated parking reduction by residents if finances permit.
For years, residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead with an Advantage Card have been entitled to reduced fees at parking lots run by the area council.
But the Tories moved to remove the rebate in hopes of saving £ 650,000 and saving their fragile finances during the 2020/21 budget.
The ruling group has been accused of “pinching money” and more than 7,000 residents have signed a petition urging the council to reconsider the plan.
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Council chief Andrew Johnson (Con: Hurley & Walthams) said they will present a balanced budget this year and have avoided financial collapse, where the local authority is dangerously close to freezing all non-essential spending to rebuild its finances.
Former Tory councilor Ed Wilson asked at a plenary council meeting on Tuesday, September 28 if the local authority is considering reintroducing the parking reduction for residents.
Senior Parking and Public Protection Member Cllr David Cannon (Con: Datchet, Horton & Wraysbury) said: “Providing a discounted parking program to residents could help city centers bounce back and encourage residents. shop locally, which helps support the local economy, creates jobs and energizes local communities.
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“I therefore remain committed to implementing a new discounted parking program for residents and one will be introduced, as soon as it is financially responsible to do so, so that residents and businesses can benefit from it.”
However, he could not reveal when it will be reintroduced as the board is “run by finances”.
Cllr Johnson reiterated this commitment at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, September 30, that they “fully intend” to reinstate the parking reduction.