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Free parking call for Stone discussions on hold

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

ROB KENNEY

ROB KENNEY

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PROPOSALS for Stone Town Council to take over the borough–run car parks in the town have been delayed.

Councillor Rob Kenney submitted a motion to STC’s general purposes committee for the authority to apply to Stafford borough Council for a community asset transfer under the Localism Act 2011 take over the four car parks.

SBC currently runs car parks at Christchurch Way, two on Crown Street and one at Earl Street, Vincent Square.

Stone Town Council is set to lose two free car parks in Crown Wharf and Northesk Street which are leased to them by the Canal River Trust and Staffordshire Police respectively.

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Councillor Kenney said taking over the borough-run car parks would enable STC to manage parking and charges and possible provide free parking , extended hours and permits.

He said: “We can’t hang back. It’s essential we do something about this as soon as possible.”

Clerk Les Trigg said: “We would have to tender for them alongside others. We can apply for any car park that currently belongs to either the district or county council. There is an open tender process. If we put this forward we could tender for it but there’s nothing to stop any other organisation tendering for it.”

Councillor Mike Willams said: “While it’s a good idea we need to consider the cost that would come to STC for example maintenance. How would we charge, who would collect it, possible fines, who would deal with that. We need to look at this with a lot more depth rather than just 30 minutes here tonight to make sure we are doing the right thing.”

Councillor Geoff Collier said: “We haven’t got a car parking problem at the moment. The only people going to be suffering are workers. Our problem is finding a car park for long-term – we don’t want them in the town. Too bad if they have to walk a few yards. Can’t we arrange a meeting in two weeks. Let’s debate this hard and throroughly and come up with an answer then.”

In a named vote Councillor Kenney’s motion was defeated by eight votes to four and the matter will be discussed at the authority’s development committee next week.

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