Call For More Free Parking In Merton

Local Tories issue '5 Point Parking Pledge'

Merton Tories are calling for more free parking in the borough, as part of their '5 Point Parking Pledge'.

Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond was among those promoting the policy during 'Small Business Saturday' in Raynes Park (see picture on the right).

The local Conservatives have issued the following series of parking pledges, if it wins control of the council in May:

  • Freeze the cost of resident and visitor parking permits
  • Scrap evening parking charges in council-run town centre car parks
  • Allow all Merton residents to park for 1 hour for free in council-run car parks
  • Introduce a minimum of 20 minutes free parking across all shopping parades in the borough
  • Roll out new parking machines which will provide drivers with the ability to pay by mobile phone and credit card and also offer refunds.

Councillor Suzanne Grocott, Merton Conservatives' Finance Spokesman, said: "Whenever Conservative councillors are out and about it the borough talking to local shops and businesses, parking and business rates consistently come up as their top concerns. Our high streets clearly need support now."

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December 27, 2013