Campaign against potential axeing of free parking in Maldon gathers strength

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Some of the business owners and residents concerned about the potential axeing of free parking Some of the business owners and residents concerned about the potential axeing of free parking

A campaign against potential new parking charges is gathering pace.

The Stop Taxing Our Parking (STOP) Campaign, spearheaded by businesses and community groups, is against Maldon District Council proposals to introduce evening and Sunday fees in Maldon town centre car parks.

The council, is also considering axeing free Saturday parking at its offices in Princes Road.

Mary Powell, owner of The Emporium and a Maldon Business Association member, said: "It is about the businesses, the clubs and residents, who have all got together to form the STOP Campaign and that’s what has made it so powerful.”

More than 1,000 people have signed the campaign's petition.

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9:41am Wed 18 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

I'm against the petition. Every penny paid in parking charges is one penny less that does not need to be raised from our council taxes.
I'm against the petition. Every penny paid in parking charges is one penny less that does not need to be raised from our council taxes. Jack222

3:02pm Wed 18 Dec 13

e5mitch says...

Believe that & you'll believe anything slack222
Believe that & you'll believe anything slack222 e5mitch

5:16pm Wed 18 Dec 13

paultheuver1 says...

While we are sharing beliefs

Some might believe paying nine senior council staff over £600,000 a year in salary and pension payments reasonable.

Some might believe spending considerable sums on external consultants/experts part of their job.

I believe that if you are paying someone to do a job, they should be suitably qualified or able to do that job. Otherwise it would be more efficient and cost effective to outsource that position or positions to those who can.
While we are sharing beliefs Some might believe paying nine senior council staff over £600,000 a year in salary and pension payments reasonable. Some might believe spending considerable sums on external consultants/experts part of their job. I believe that if you are paying someone to do a job, they should be suitably qualified or able to do that job. Otherwise it would be more efficient and cost effective to outsource that position or positions to those who can. paultheuver1

2:35pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Latchingdon says...

Yet another left wing short sighted comment from Jack! IF the High street flourishes, it will collect far more in rates and taxes from money spent in these shops than the odd few quid in parking charges!!
It really isn’t rocket science here! Attract people / shoppers back to the high street and everyone wins!!
The council really should WAKE UP! Also don’t allow loads of the same type of shop to open up, if you have a diverse selection of shops
You will attract more people – there is no use what so ever in having 20 coffee shops!! Please please apply some common flippin sense!
Yet another left wing short sighted comment from Jack! IF the High street flourishes, it will collect far more in rates and taxes from money spent in these shops than the odd few quid in parking charges!! It really isn’t rocket science here! Attract people / shoppers back to the high street and everyone wins!! The council really should WAKE UP! Also don’t allow loads of the same type of shop to open up, if you have a diverse selection of shops You will attract more people – there is no use what so ever in having 20 coffee shops!! Please please apply some common flippin sense! Latchingdon

7:44pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Regbluebottle says...

It's not just shoppers, but Maldon attracts alot of visitors who like to stroll around at the weekend enjoying the facilties, views and restuarants, pubs etc. and it's an attraction that parking is currently free in the evenings and on Sundays. I feel that some of these visitors will find other more 'visitor friendly' places to visit.

Short sighted and shoddy idea from a short sighted, shoddy and OVERPAID MDC employee(s).
It's not just shoppers, but Maldon attracts alot of visitors who like to stroll around at the weekend enjoying the facilties, views and restuarants, pubs etc. and it's an attraction that parking is currently free in the evenings and on Sundays. I feel that some of these visitors will find other more 'visitor friendly' places to visit. Short sighted and shoddy idea from a short sighted, shoddy and OVERPAID MDC employee(s). Regbluebottle

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