The scheme put forward by the council was doomed to failure from the beginning, it was unfair to ask West End residents to pay £80 when others only pay £5. I am glad that the council appear to be listening to the views of local people. This scheme could not have worked without the support of local people and they have spoken loudly and clearly.
Rejection of the residents parking scheme cannot be the end of concern about parking issues in the West End. There are many parking issues in the West End and the council needs to work with local people to try and solve these. The residents parking scheme took too long to come to a conclusion which was relatively obvious as soon as the costs were made known. Now is the time for action on car parking issues in the West End. Local people have been told over the last couple of years that other solutions to parking problems will have to wait until the outcome of this doomed consultation was known. Now is the time for action.
Over the course of the consultation the City Council has heard hundreds of views about parking difficulties in area, I will be writing to council to make sure that each of these comments is actioned and that the time and effort put into the consultation has not been totally wasted. I am always willing to listen to local people's concerns and raise any parking issues they have with the council.
I am glad that the council has listened but the rejection of the residents parking scheme must not mean that there is no action on parking issues in the West End.