Just about every year, Ottery independent councillor Roger Giles – whose environmental credentials are strong – has petitioned for EDDC councillors and officers to introduce parking charges to encourage them to think more about the need to use their cars. Every year, the Conservative majority has voted him down.
Maybe this will change – though with rural public transport so poor, it seems likely that they may have to stump up the cost! Particularly when what is left of it often stops so early!
Buses from the new Honiton HQ to Sidmouth will end at 8 pm, to Axminster they will end at 6.10 pm and to Seaton at 3.40 pm (yes, that’s right 15.40!).
Owl’s guess – allowances and salaries will be raised to cover the extra cost.
“The AA says plans to charge drivers up to £1,000 a year to park at work could become a “poll tax on wheels”.
Under plans to cut congestion, reduce pollution and raise money for public transport, a workplace parking levy is being considered by at least 10 councils.
The charges would affect businesses with more than 10 parking spaces and the AA said the costs would be passed on to workers.
The levy has already been rolled out in Nottingham where four in 10 companies pass on the costs to staff.
Since it was introduced in 2012, the charge has raised £53.7m which has been used to improve Nottingham’s tram network.
Hounslow Council in west London is proposing to charge between £500 and £1,000 a year for every parking space and at least nine other councils are considering imposing the levy.
Other cash-strapped authorities are likely to consider the measure because of a shortage of funding for road improvements and public transport.”