3,000 people sign Gravesend weekend parking petition
PUBLISHED: 14:16 14 June 2012
A petition of 3,000 signatures calling for the return to free Saturday parking has been delivered to Gravesham Borough Council.
Campaign group Urban Gravesham have been working to reverse the parking charges that were reintroduced on January 2. Their argument was backed up by retail guru Mary Portas’ independent review of UK high streets that said free parking was vital for town centres to thrive.
Parking charges were reintroduced to tackle a £600,000 deficit left in the council’s budget by government funding cuts. The Parrock Street car park is charged at 80p for an hour Monday to Saturday while more than four hours costs £6.50.
Martin McKay from Urban Gravesham said: “While we sympathise with the council’s financial position, we think it is time to reconsider on car parking charges. Gravesend town centre businesses need all the support they can get in these difficult economic times and free Saturday parking would undoubtedly give a boost to local shops.
“People in Gravesham have made it clear that they feel strongly about this and we hope that the council will show they are willing to listen to the community over this important issue.”
Urban Gravesham will continue to collect signatures every Saturday morning outside Gravesend library.