WE STILL need your support to try to win a fairer parking deal for Boston motorists.
We’ve called on Boston Borough Council to think again about plans to increase its parking charges and ask disabled drivers to pay.
The authority needs to find savings after big cuts, which will cause it to lose 31.9 per cent of its Government cash between 2010/11 and 2014/15.
Included in the cost-cutting plans are proposals to start charging Blue Badge holders, a 10p fee rise across all tariffs, introducing £1 evening charges, scrapping most 60p 30 minute charges, putting up coach parking to £3 a day and making the cheapest all day car park £2.50.
The Standard feels this could be detrimental to shoppers and business and we and have called for the changes to be stopped.
However, if that is not possible in the current climate, we’ve asked that disabled drivers are at least given twice as long for the amount they pay to reflect the extra time they need to get around.
Our stance has been supported by Joe Nash, a member of the Boston Disability Forum and chairman of Boston Stroke Support Group.
He said: “I support the campaign and everyone I have spoken to agrees that parking charges just keep people away or promote illegal parking.
“The large supermarkets provide free parking because it brings in customers and they gain much more from people spending on goods than from parking charges and supermarkets are at the top for attracting customers.”