In today’s Haslemere Herald…
A PETITION with more than 4,000 signatures signed by people against pay-and-display parking charges in Haslemere is due to be handed over today. It will be presented to the local committee of Surrey County Council, which meets at Godalming, although parking is not on the agenda – the crucial meeting is on Friday, March 16, when the local committee will decide on the controversial proposals at Chichester Hall, Witley. The action group against the proposals, including Haslemere Chamber of Trade, is also due to meet with committee chairman Pat Frost, at a private session at Godalming on March 6. It follows a letter pleading with county council leader David Hodge to intervene, which was sent to his home address by action group members Nikki and Jeremy Barton. Mrs Frost said the purpose of the meeting was to listen to a representative of each the groups who had contacted her.
Julianne Evans, The President of the Haslemere Chamber of Trade, will present the petition to the Local Committee.
She will be given the opportunity to speak for 3 minutes at the meeting.
4,000 signatures shows a large number of people are against the Pay & Display proposals.
As an aside, see how that compares with the number of people who turned out to vote in the 2009 election…3,913 people turned up to vote. 2,331 voted for Cllr Renshaw (Conservative). 1,522 voted for John Edward Robini (Liberal Democrat). There were 60 spoilt ballot papers.
Surrey County Council’s Report of The On-Street Parking Task Committee of May 18th 2011 states in its Risk management implications (point 38): “There is the risk that this proposal to increase parking charges will lead to more requests for parking schemes to be reviewed or removed by Surrey Highways, generating additional correspondence, political concern and media coverage.” Report of the on-street parking task committee May 2011.
What do you think readers? Were Surrey County Council right to recognise the political concerns in point 38?