Stockport Liberal Democrats have pledged to freeze parking charges in district centres if they regain control at the Town Hall following this summer’s elections.
Local Lib Dem Councillors are leading the fight against Stockport Labour's parking charges hike which would scrap the one-hour charge in district centres and replace it with a minimum two-hour charge instead, whilst in certain car parks near to railway stations such as in Romiley and Marple they want to replace the current free parking with hefty charges.
We have already had a huge response to our petition on the issue, and the local representative of the Federation of Small Businesses has made their opposition clear, fearing the effect this would have on our already hard-pressed local traders.
Labour Council bosses' own forecast predicts that over a third of cars currently parking for free near the railway stations will no longer park there, which is likely to mean those cars will either get displaced to park on nearby residential roads or they will add to the commuter traffic already clogging our roads.
Stockport’s Lib Dems have pledged to freeze the parking charges in our district centre and railway station car parks if we are returned to power in May and are urging the Labour Council to back down and listen to local residents.