UKIP continues shoppers' survey in Bewdley and Stourport

SAVE OUR TOWNS: Wyre Forest UKIP branch members in Bewdley.

SAVE OUR TOWNS: Wyre Forest UKIP branch members in Bewdley.

First published in News

WYRE Forest UKIP members have been continuing their survey of shoppers in Bewdley and Stourport to see what their views are on car parking charges.

Members of the branch spent three Saturday mornings in the three Wyre Forest towns encouraging shoppers to have their say.

Michael Wrench, parliamentary spokesman, said: "UKIP wanted to substantiate Wyre Forest DistrictCouncil’s current parking policy was having an adverse effect on trade by taking £1.5 million out of the local economy.

"The results from the hundreds who responded shows UKIP‘s concern are well founded and it was made overwhelming clear that parking charges are a major concern."

One hundred per cent of people interviewed agreed that there should be two hours free parking in all town centre car parks and 100 per cent also agreed that there should be free parking between 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and market days.

Very few people believed the council should continue to charge for all parking but accepted that there should still be some charges.

More than 80 per cent agreed that parking charges are one of the main reasons the town centres are struggling and more than 90 per cent agreed that with more free parking they would visit the town centre shops more often.

Mr Wrench added: "When invited to make comments on what they thought could help revive the town centres, as well as parking charges many of those asked believed high rents and business rates also play a major part, although these are not in the direct control of the district council, they should use their position to bring about urgently needed change.

"UKIP believe it is obscene that the council make £500,000 profit every year from people parking while spending their money locally and it should not have become an easy source of revenue to disguise their waste and financial incompetence."

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12:26pm Fri 7 Mar 14

MissBurns says...

I think it's great to see a party out asking the public's opinion on important issues and it only ever seems to be UKIP. But then I shouldn't be surprised really when the 2 main parties don't appear to give two hoots about the people. I spoke to Mr Wrench while he was doing this and he comes across as a really nice bloke who genuinely seems to care about us and our towns. Good luck to him I say and you have my vote UKIP.
I think it's great to see a party out asking the public's opinion on important issues and it only ever seems to be UKIP. But then I shouldn't be surprised really when the 2 main parties don't appear to give two hoots about the people. I spoke to Mr Wrench while he was doing this and he comes across as a really nice bloke who genuinely seems to care about us and our towns. Good luck to him I say and you have my vote UKIP. MissBurns
  • Score: 2

3:14pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Europeanist64 says...

Guess the ex-BNP one, entries on a postcard please to Nigel Farage. .
Guess the ex-BNP one, entries on a postcard please to Nigel Farage. . Europeanist64
  • Score: 0

11:53am Sat 8 Mar 14

Fran says...

Free Car Parking sounds REALLY attractive BUT since 80% of Wyre Forest Car Park Income comes from the first 2 hours; this proposal would lose WFDC around £800,000 income.
This equates to a Council Tax rise of around 12.4% or some £25.40 for a Band D Council Tax Payer!
The alternative would be horrendous cuts in services!
The other key point is that, on most Saturdays around 30% of shoppers in Kidderminster Town Centre come from outside the District!
Free Car Parking would mean that Wyre Forest Residents, even those who do not have cars, would be subsidising car parking for shoppers from outside the District!
Is this FAIR or SOUND economics?
Free Car Parking sounds REALLY attractive BUT since 80% of Wyre Forest Car Park Income comes from the first 2 hours; this proposal would lose WFDC around £800,000 income. This equates to a Council Tax rise of around 12.4% or some £25.40 for a Band D Council Tax Payer! The alternative would be horrendous cuts in services! The other key point is that, on most Saturdays around 30% of shoppers in Kidderminster Town Centre come from outside the District! Free Car Parking would mean that Wyre Forest Residents, even those who do not have cars, would be subsidising car parking for shoppers from outside the District! Is this FAIR or SOUND economics? Fran
  • Score: 3

1:08pm Sat 8 Mar 14

JKay00 says...

Hang on, I though UKIP was a 'libertarian' party. Surely they should be demanding that the council sell off the car parks into private ownership?

But on a realistic note, yeah bread and free parking for all, I just hope you're all willing to pay higher council tax.
Hang on, I though UKIP was a 'libertarian' party. Surely they should be demanding that the council sell off the car parks into private ownership? But on a realistic note, yeah bread and free parking for all, I just hope you're all willing to pay higher council tax. JKay00
  • Score: 5

6:20pm Sat 8 Mar 14

stour67 says...

The making up of this loss of parking fees would more than likey be made up of rates from more shops coming back into the towns instead of the charity shops which pay nothing .
The making up of this loss of parking fees would more than likey be made up of rates from more shops coming back into the towns instead of the charity shops which pay nothing . stour67
  • Score: -2

7:40pm Sat 8 Mar 14

JKay00 says...

You honestly think free parking would suddenly make desirable chains locate to Stourport? The towns are small and the population isn't exactly Cheshire set either, all it would mean is that some council revenue is lost.
You honestly think free parking would suddenly make desirable chains locate to Stourport? The towns are small and the population isn't exactly Cheshire set either, all it would mean is that some council revenue is lost. JKay00
  • Score: 4

9:20pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Olly23 says...

Go UKIP! yay
Go UKIP! yay Olly23
  • Score: -4

10:25am Sun 9 Mar 14

Europeanist64 says...

Never mind parking charges; Check out the REAL UKIP in Worcestershire:

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2576517/UKIP-candida
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e-mail-ranting-again
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tephen-Lawrence.html

Wonder why local papers have not been carrying this?
Never mind parking charges; Check out the REAL UKIP in Worcestershire: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2576517/UKIP-candida te-forwarded-racist- e-mail-ranting-again st-family-murdered-S tephen-Lawrence.html Wonder why local papers have not been carrying this? Europeanist64
  • Score: 7

12:38pm Sun 9 Mar 14

the batshake says...

Are we seriously expected to believe that 30% of the people who come into kidderminster on Saturday and Sunday are from outside wyre forest? When was that particular piece of bulls#*@ information dreamed up?
Are we seriously expected to believe that 30% of the people who come into kidderminster on Saturday and Sunday are from outside wyre forest? When was that particular piece of bulls#*@ information dreamed up? the batshake
  • Score: 5

6:35pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Europeanist64 says...

I'm showing an extract from the Daily Mail regarding a local UKIP supporter, it makes for horrific reading, why haven't the Shuttle and Worcester News covered this? :

A Tory MP called in the police after his UKIP opponent sent him a grotesque diatribe comparing the family of murdered Stephen Lawrence to apes.

Tory MP Peter Luff (Mid-Worcestershire) has revealed that John White, who stood for UKIP in Mid-Worcestershire at the 2010 General Election, emailed Mr Luff to ask if it was ‘a joke’ that Baroness Lawrence had received a peerage.

Mr White attached a tirade by a racist internet commentator, who wrote that the peerage made him ‘ashamed to be British’.

Shockingly, the commentator – who called himself ‘Pete Lucas’ – goes on to say: ‘Mrs Lawrence should be elevated higher than the indigenous Brit, which she would normally be, due to the preference of her species for dwelling in high places’ – seemingly a reference to monkeys.

‘Pete’ goes on to describe the peerage as ‘treason’ and says this ‘latest ludicrous elevation of an ethnic-minority woman to baroness on the grounds of her being black with the distinction of having had a son murdered (sic) by white-men, is a crass injustice’.

Sic is a Latin term used to highlight an apparent mistake – indicating that ‘Pete’ does not believe that Stephen’s death counted as murder.

Read more: http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2576517/UKIP-candida
te-forwarded-racist-
e-mail-ranting-again
st-family-murdered-S
tephen-Lawrence.html
#ixzz2vUXgc8hH
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I'm showing an extract from the Daily Mail regarding a local UKIP supporter, it makes for horrific reading, why haven't the Shuttle and Worcester News covered this? : A Tory MP called in the police after his UKIP opponent sent him a grotesque diatribe comparing the family of murdered Stephen Lawrence to apes. Tory MP Peter Luff (Mid-Worcestershire) has revealed that John White, who stood for UKIP in Mid-Worcestershire at the 2010 General Election, emailed Mr Luff to ask if it was ‘a joke’ that Baroness Lawrence had received a peerage. Mr White attached a tirade by a racist internet commentator, who wrote that the peerage made him ‘ashamed to be British’. Shockingly, the commentator – who called himself ‘Pete Lucas’ – goes on to say: ‘Mrs Lawrence should be elevated higher than the indigenous Brit, which she would normally be, due to the preference of her species for dwelling in high places’ – seemingly a reference to monkeys. ‘Pete’ goes on to describe the peerage as ‘treason’ and says this ‘latest ludicrous elevation of an ethnic-minority woman to baroness on the grounds of her being black with the distinction of having had a son murdered (sic) by white-men, is a crass injustice’. Sic is a Latin term used to highlight an apparent mistake – indicating that ‘Pete’ does not believe that Stephen’s death counted as murder. Read more: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2576517/UKIP-candida te-forwarded-racist- e-mail-ranting-again st-family-murdered-S tephen-Lawrence.html #ixzz2vUXgc8hH Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Europeanist64
  • Score: 2

3:05pm Mon 10 Mar 14

BewdleyBugle says...

I rather optimistically hope that UKIP learn something about political reality through this survey, i.e. that voters want cheaper parking and more investment in our town centres, but at no additional cost to the taxpayer and without cutting any other local services. If they want to make the jump from fringe to mainstream politics, they need to come up with workable solutions. Oh yes, and dump the racists.
I rather optimistically hope that UKIP learn something about political reality through this survey, i.e. that voters want cheaper parking and more investment in our town centres, but at no additional cost to the taxpayer and without cutting any other local services. If they want to make the jump from fringe to mainstream politics, they need to come up with workable solutions. Oh yes, and dump the racists. BewdleyBugle
  • Score: 3

4:29pm Mon 10 Mar 14

harryurz says...

Harrowing reading indeed...... (in fact almost as harrowing as Europeanist64 quoting a Daily Mail article)

However, a couple of points need to be clarified about this odious idiot:

According to UKIP White left the party in 2012 after (quote)"becoming unhappy about the direction of the party." (no prizes for guessing why!)

White was previously a member of the Labour Party for 33 years, and switched to UKIP when Gordon Brown became the Labour leader.

Perhaps this last point is why certain parts of the media are not giving the news item a bigger profile?
Harrowing reading indeed...... (in fact almost as harrowing as Europeanist64 quoting a Daily Mail article) However, a couple of points need to be clarified about this odious idiot: According to UKIP White left the party in 2012 after (quote)"becoming unhappy about the direction of the party." (no prizes for guessing why!) White was previously a member of the Labour Party for 33 years, and switched to UKIP when Gordon Brown became the Labour leader. Perhaps this last point is why certain parts of the media are not giving the news item a bigger profile? harryurz
  • Score: 0

10:25pm Wed 12 Mar 14

sonofbaldwin says...

Strange how after harry's post this thread ( with over a dozen posts) gets dropped from the "most commented" section of the Shuttle in favour of less popular threads??
I wonder why?
Strange how after harry's post this thread ( with over a dozen posts) gets dropped from the "most commented" section of the Shuttle in favour of less popular threads?? I wonder why? sonofbaldwin
  • Score: 0

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