Blame the government Coun Richmond, blame the people, and blame who you like but the simple fact is private car parking is cheaper in a number of quite central sites.
Admittedly some of the council’s peripheral sites are cheaper but people who are likely to carry heavy shopping will always get as close as they can to the town centre at the lowest price.
On the issue of government funding one national newspaper pointed out that funding for a majority of local councils had not actually fallen at all and it was a myth to think it had. Bearing in mind Boston’s immigration problem, now fully understood at government level, and given that we have just been through a census I would be very much surprised that our funding had been reduced. If this is not the case perhaps you could enlighten us as to exactly what the shortfall is? Furthermore while you are at it, explain to us how the substantial savings boasted about in these columns not so long ago has impacted on the council’s budget.
I can assure you that increasing charges is not a difficult decision to make – it is the soft option and does nothing to help the people of Boston or its businesses.
In truth car parking charges are just another tax on the majority to provide income for the council. When are you going to start serving the people of Boston rather than the council?