Wyre Forest UKIP encourage shoppers to have their say

Kidderminster Shuttle: 'SAVE OUR TOWNS': From left, UKIP members John Holden, Paul Wooldridge, Owen Cleary, Heather Lacy, James Goad, Michael Wrench, John Boden, Bill Hopkins and Peter Willoughby in Kidderminster. 'SAVE OUR TOWNS': From left, UKIP members John Holden, Paul Wooldridge, Owen Cleary, Heather Lacy, James Goad, Michael Wrench, John Boden, Bill Hopkins and Peter Willoughby in Kidderminster.

UK Independence Party (UKIP) members have been conducting a survey of shoppers to see the impact of parking charges on Wyre Forest town centres.

The Wyre Forest UKIP branch were out in Kidderminster last weekend in a bid to find out what the best parking model would be for shoppers and businesses.

Once information has been collected, UKIP will be creating a petition to urge Wyre Forest District Council to consider the results.

Wyre Forest UKIP parliamentary spokesman Michael Wrench said: "We asked five questions on parking and charges, 100 per cent of people agreed that there should be two hours free parking in all town centre car parks and 100 per cent agreed on free parking between 10am and 4pm on Saturdays and market days.

"There was a spilt on whether or not the council should continue to charge for all parking but agreed that there should still be some charges.

"Over 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 with more free parking they would visit the town centre shops more often."

Their survey also revealed that many shoppers felt there should be a cap on the number of charity shops, help with rent and rates for business owners and equal investment on both sides of town.

Mr Wrench added: "Town centres are in crisis but our councillors have their heads in the sand and their hand deep in the motorist’s pocket.

"Not charging for the first two hours parking is the perfect retail model and used by all successful major retailers.

"Relaxing some parking charges over the festive season was a Scrooge like gesture, giving back pennies while still taking the pounds.

"Free parking is not just for Christmas, a town needs to prosper during the other eleven months of the year."

The Wyre Forest UKIP branch members will be in Stourport on Saturday and in Bewdley on Saturday, March 1 from 9am to noon to encouraged shoppers to have their say.

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7:46am Fri 21 Feb 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

Ironic to find UKIP promoting a common policy in other parts of Europe and the world.
Ironic to find UKIP promoting a common policy in other parts of Europe and the world. DOEPUBLIC
  • Score: -7

11:06am Fri 21 Feb 14

gbuilder75 says...

assuming ukip followed up their questions by asking if those wanting free parking would be willing to cover the loss of income to the council through a rise in their taxes or a cut to a vital service which they use?
assuming ukip followed up their questions by asking if those wanting free parking would be willing to cover the loss of income to the council through a rise in their taxes or a cut to a vital service which they use? gbuilder75
  • Score: 3

8:23pm Sat 22 Feb 14

qwertyz says...

We'd all love free parking but is anyone prepared to lose other council services to make up for the £420k the charges bring to the council? Interesting to see what alternative proposal UKIP bring to make up the shortfall when all council's nationwide are struggling to balance their budget given the MASSIVE reduction in central government grants. Or don't job losses matter because they're public sector?
We'd all love free parking but is anyone prepared to lose other council services to make up for the £420k the charges bring to the council? Interesting to see what alternative proposal UKIP bring to make up the shortfall when all council's nationwide are struggling to balance their budget given the MASSIVE reduction in central government grants. Or don't job losses matter because they're public sector? qwertyz
  • Score: 2

12:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14

nipper22 says...

They are just a load of jokers just hope people don't vote them in.
They are just a load of jokers just hope people don't vote them in. nipper22
  • Score: -1

2:23pm Tue 25 Feb 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

qwertyz wrote:
We'd all love free parking but is anyone prepared to lose other council services to make up for the £420k the charges bring to the council? Interesting to see what alternative proposal UKIP bring to make up the shortfall when all council's nationwide are struggling to balance their budget given the MASSIVE reduction in central government grants. Or don't job losses matter because they're public sector?
Are you suggesting 20 council workers jobs are directly reliant on car-park income ? Transparency would be healthy. The clear suggestion being that car-park charges are actually a council employment fund. A cynical distraction me thinks. The cost to each individual and business would actually mean a an increase of how much, if profit wasn't the motive ?
Sad that the UKIP's myopia on Europe distracts from viability of this policy.
Every party in their time have tinkered with it a convenient times, lets get a realistic policy. Starting maybe just with holiday times.
[quote][p][bold]qwertyz[/bold] wrote: We'd all love free parking but is anyone prepared to lose other council services to make up for the £420k the charges bring to the council? Interesting to see what alternative proposal UKIP bring to make up the shortfall when all council's nationwide are struggling to balance their budget given the MASSIVE reduction in central government grants. Or don't job losses matter because they're public sector?[/p][/quote]Are you suggesting 20 council workers jobs are directly reliant on car-park income ? Transparency would be healthy. The clear suggestion being that car-park charges are actually a council employment fund. A cynical distraction me thinks. The cost to each individual and business would actually mean a an increase of how much, if profit wasn't the motive ? Sad that the UKIP's myopia on Europe distracts from viability of this policy. Every party in their time have tinkered with it a convenient times, lets get a realistic policy. Starting maybe just with holiday times. DOEPUBLIC
  • Score: 3

2:34pm Tue 25 Feb 14

harryurz says...

If political parties are to debate car parking charges, try starting with the fees at Kidderminster hospital ( sorry, 'Minor Injuries Unit') car park . These are also worthy of attention.
If political parties are to debate car parking charges, try starting with the fees at Kidderminster hospital ( sorry, 'Minor Injuries Unit') car park . These are also worthy of attention. harryurz
  • Score: 2

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