U-turn on 70% rise in parking charges

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PLANS to raise residents-only parking charges from £15 to £25 a year – an increase of almost 70% – have been kicked out after a U-turn by Pendle Council’s Executive.

Instead, they have decided to make a rise of around 10%, which makes it just £16.50.

The plan to charge £25 for people to park outside their own homes had not gone down well with residents, particularly in Colne where there had been a big protest. The issue had been taken up by the Colne Committee.

Liberal Democrat Coun. David Whipp then raised it at the Executive. He told members complainants had said: “We are not going to pay £25 a year for parking!” And he added: “I think you need to reconsider this.”

And Colne councillor Graham Roach said it had annoyed people in the Hill Street/Hall Street/Albert Road area after it had gone up 66 or 67%.

“If they don’t pay and it becomes free for all in this area, when there is an event at the Muni the streets will become clogged and people who live in these streets can’t park there.” He hoped the Executive would look at it.