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New parking charges axed on high streets

Proposals to bring in new charges at on-street car parks across the borough have been withdrawn, following feedback from Wirral residents and businesses.

The proposals had been put forward to increase or introduce new charges for parking, including at car parks in New Brighton, West Kirby and other centres.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Phil Davies, said: ‘While the original proposals from officers helped close the yawning funding gap the council faces, it was clear the impact of these charges on our tourism and small business economy would do more harm than good.

‘Cabinet members felt this proposal was ‘one step forward and two steps back’ and through the consultation process, Wirral residents let us know what they think too. I hope they will be pleased we listened and removed these proposals.’

Stephen Muff, of Muffs of Bromborough, was among those businesses welcoming the decision: ‘This is a great relief not only to shoppers but to workers and businesses as well. It will help safeguard jobs. 

‘We’re delighted that the council has listened to our views, this is very good news for the local community,’ said the Bromborough trader. The council has also reduced the proposed increase in off street car parking charges from 50p to just 20p, and slashed the new charges proposed for Wirral’s country parks.

‘Regular park users were unhappy with what seemed an excessive charge,’ said Cllr Davies, ‘so we have reduced the car parking proposal to 50p an hour with a maximum of £2 per day. This helps us cover the cost of maintaining the parks and the footpaths without deterring visitors.’

The new budget proposals will now go before the full council on March 6.