Petition voted down but @SurreyCouncil offers free half-hour parking concession

This update is from Surrey County Council’s website, updated on 11 January 2012.

Petition voted down but council offer half-hour free parking concession

A petition calling for Surrey County Council to abandon its plans for on-street parking charges was voted down by councillors. But having listened to residents’ concerns on the matter, the county council said it planned to offer half-an-hour free parking in some areas. The change is aimed at addressing concerns that people popping to local shops for a few items will not be deterred.

Following the vote on Tuesday, May 10, Cabinet Member for Transport Ian Lake said: “Parking enforcement is incredibly expensive. It currently runs at about a half-a-million pound annual loss at taxpayers’ expense, which clearly doesn’t provide value for money. The changes would cover costs with any extra money used to repair roads.

“We’ve spent a long time listening to residents, business people and local councillors to ensure that, when decisions are made, everyone’s views are taken into account. These views are helping shape policy and have led to our plans to look at providing half an hour free parking in some areas.

“People have also raised concerns about commuter parking in some places so we will take this into account when looking at where to place pay and display bays. We know there is not a one size fits all answer, which is why we will find local solutions to local problems.

“The original proposals that were the subject of the petition are now very different. We’ve made a number of changes after listening to people’s concerns, which is why it would have been inappropriate to support the petition.”