Fenland councils call to unite over car parking charges

General View of St Peter's car park ANL-151221-105956009
General View of St Peter's car park ANL-151221-105956009

Town councillors have been urged to unite and fight against any proposals to introduce car parking charges.

Wisbech Town Councillor Sam Hoy says parking charges would impact on the vitality of Fenland’s town centres and is appealing to all four town councils to join forces.

Fenland District Council has looked at all of its services, including parking, as part of a comprehensive spending review as it tries to save £1.8 million over the next three years. Introducing car park charges, reducing CCTV coverage and pulling out of Community House in Wisbech were among the ideas looked at in the document which was published in November.

Members of Wisbech and March Town Councils were due to discuss the parking charges at their meetings on Monday.

Cllr Hoy said: “I think it is important that we send a clear message to the district council early. Wisbech is a small market town and relies on free parking. I think if we have paid parking it’s handing every customer to the supermarkets.

“Some people may say that it won’t kill the town but can we really afford to take that risk? Some of the shops are on a knife’s edge. There are already empty buildings in town and we don’t want businesses to close. It would be good to get all the town councils to send a message.”

A spokesman for the district council said: “All our services are currently being examined under the comprehensive spending review. No decisions have yet been taken.”