Parking POLL: Should car parking be paid for by council tax rise?


A public consultation was put forward in Tunbridge Wells to ask residents if they would  “rather pay for car parking via a £10 rise in council tax”. But do you think this is a good idea? Vote in our poll. 

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council put forward the proposal following plans to introduce several price hikes in car parks in the area from December 1.

Parking prices in some areas of Tunbridge Wells will increase by 33 percent, 50 percent and 65 percent, including the removal of some free parking areas.

The price of season tickets is also rising sharply, with most by £50 a year.

The six week consultation on parking charges, which ended on Setpember 5, sparked several complaints from residents.

One resident, Nasir Jamil, has campaigned against the loss of free parking, claiming that it will “kill businesses”.

READ MORE: ‘Wrong!’: Kent drivers asked if they would rather ‘pay for parking with council tax rise’

Council chiefs are due to decide on the proposal on Thursday, September 22.

According to the report which will be presented at cabinet, some 47 percent of respondents were supportive of the increase in parking charges.

The report also states that the council was previously prevented from increasing council tax for parking due to the annual increase cap of £5.

Council leaders have said the charges would help fill the £944,000 revenue budget hole in this financial year.

Many residents suggested that the number and cost of councillors and staff be reduced instead. 

So what do YOU think? Should parking be paid for by council tax rise? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.



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