RENEWED CALLS FOR 2 HOURS ‘FREE PARKING’ IN NEWPORT
Renewed calls have been made for two hours ‘Free Parking’ to be reintroduced into Newport across all Council owned car parks in the City Centre.
This comes after the Newport Conservative Group submitted a Freedom of Information request (FOI) which showed almost £600,000 was collected last year by
the Council from it’s City Centre car parks. The Conservatives question whether this money is being fully reinvested back into the City Centre? This
is all the more relevant when we have been campaigning for a significant increase in support for Newport Indoor Market over the past year.
The FOI revealed...
Total revenue from Council Car Parks 2016/17:
- Park Square - £142,369
- Faulkner Road - £77,562
- Stow Hill - £33,381
- Emlyn Street - £82,098
- Riverfront - £66,789
- Hill Street - £68,638
- SUB TOTAL - £470,837
- Revenue for all Excess Charge Notice issued for various reasons £127,865
- OVERALL TOTAL - £598,702
IS CAR PARK REVENUE BEING REINVESTED INTO THE CITY?
Newport Conservative Group Leader Cllr Matthew Evans said “One of the first things Labour did after regaining control of the Council in 2012 was to scrap the free parking in Newport. We see that almost £600,000 in revenue was taken last year from car parks. I had hoped this would’ve been reinvested into the City Centre. Yet we know from a previous FOI, only £15,575 was spent on promotions & marketing for the Indoor Market between 2015 to 2017”. Cllr Evans added “ We desperately need to take action and support our city centre traders, it’s a tried and tested formula that could provide a real boost and generate more income in the longer term. Newport Campaigner Michael Enea said “Commercial Street, the High Street and the Market would all benefit from two hours free parking. We need to compete with Cwmbran. I’m calling on Newport BID and The Argus to back this campaign, just as they did in 2012/13”.
In 2012/13 over 5300 people signed a petition run by the South Wales Argus to bring back free parking across Newport. Read further information: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/10159581.NEWPORT_PARKING__5_345_reasons_to_keep_it_free___we_publish_our_petition/
Newport Council Snubs the Argus Petition. January 2013. Read further information: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/10156081.NEWPORT_PARKING__Council_snubs_petition/
LABOUR SCRAPPED THE FREE PARKING IN NEWPORT
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