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Parking charges back on the agenda
PARKING charges were on the agenda again on Monday as city councillors in Salisbury voted to put pressure on Wiltshire Council and to come up with their own pricing structure.
Councillor Mark Timbrell asked the full city council to support his motion calling for Wiltshire Council to bring forward a proposed review of charges, scheduled for next year, to the nearest possible date and for the city council to set up a working group to formulate members’ preferred charging structure.
Councillors agreed parking charges were not the only reason for shops closing in the city centre and a transport strategy is needed, but said high charges are having a huge effect on businesses and residents and something needs to be done urgently.
Cllr Andrew Roberts said: “We were repeatedly told by our officers in the Salisbury District Council days that if the charges go above a certain level we will drive people out of the centre. “The charges are unfair and ineffective and whatever Wiltshire Council’s agenda is, it’s clearly not working.”
Cllr Mike Osment added: “If we wait until 2014, a lot more businesses will close.”
Members agreed to work with other organisations such as the Salisbury Vision and City Centre Management, which have also been looking at the issue.
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