THURSDAY, 1st FEBRUARY, 2018.
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Councillors row over review of parking charges
By Herbert Soden Labour councillors have called for parking charges to be introduced in Congleton, Alsager and Sandbach after claiming the current regime was “unfair”.
Cheshire East councillors considered parking charges suggested as part of the budget proposals for 2018-2021.
The pre-budget consultation stated that the authority could save £355,000 by altering parking tariffs.
It said: “The target income the council receives from parking charges is used to manage the delivery of its parking and related transport and traffi c services.
“This development of a parking strategy linked to the council’s local transport plan will inform the level of future provision and charging. Early implementation of practical initiatives will be prioritised.”
Speaking at last Tuesday’s meeting of the authority’s Environment and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee Frank Jordan, Cheshire East’s executive director of place, stated that any changes to charges would only be brought in after a series of studies.
“We will be considering what the demand is. We may want to subsidise car parking for some towns.
“It will be an evidence lead car parking strategy.”
Currently, car parking is free in Sandbach at Cheshire East’s Westfi elds site and the commons.
Residents in Alsager enjoy free parking at Fairview in the town centre
In Congleton motorists are not charged to use the bays at Park Street.
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‘Do the right thing and waive the parking fi nes’
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Parking fi nes issued in Congleton on the day of the royal visit should be waived, according to a town councillor.
Coun Suzie Ackers Smith, the deputy mayor, said she knew four people who had been stung by parking fi nes on the day Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were in town last Wednesday.
She explained: “Because the timings of the visit couldn’t be revealed for security reasons they didn’t know how long to pay for.
“By the time they realised their tickets had expired they weren’t able to return to their cars — otherwise they would have lost their space.”
According to the authority website a driver in receipt of a penalty charge notice would have to pay £50, which would be reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days.
Charles and Camilla first went to see the Old Saw Mill community hub on Back River Street, where they chatted to volunteers and the groups that used the facilities.
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Bullying report published ture enjoyed by all” when the council was formed in 2009.
“Organisational confusion” has resulted in what “can be described as bullying or inappropriate behaviour”, according to a report into bullying at Cheshire East Council.
It drew on fi gures from a staff survey conducted in 2016 in which 81% of respondents agreed bullying was not an issue in the council, while 10% disagreed.
The scandal-hit authority commissioned the Local Government Association to investigate its working culture.
The report, which was released on Monday, stated that an “opportunity was missed to establish a positive and respectful organisational cul- • —Turn to page 33.
Similarly, 88% of respondents agreed they were treated fairly by their manager and 90% agreed they were treated fairly by the people they work with.