Budget Cuts Target Town Centres
Proposals to bridge a £37.8m funding gap over the next four years include huge increases to parking tariffs and charging people on Council Tax support significantly more. Just some of the proposals put forward by the conservative cabinet are:
- Remove the free 30-minute parking from Upminster, Hornchurch and Elm Park.
- Increase charges from £1.50 for two hours to £2 for one hour.
- Introduce a flat £1.50 charge to park on Sundays.
- Introduce a Residents Only Parking scheme in a 1km zone around town centres
- Charge those on Council Tax Support 25% of Council Tax rather than the current 15%, with disabled claimants increased to 20% from 15%. This giant hike will affect some 9,000 households who are least able to pay and, with Universal Credit, will cause great hardship.
Our High Streets already face enormous challenges with business rates, rents and on-line competition. These incredibly damaging proposals will be enough to deter any would be shopper and demonstrates an astonishing lack of understanding or empathy in local economies.
The final budget proposals for 2019/20 are due to be published on 30th January before being considered by the Council Conservative Cabinet on 7th February before requiring the approval of Full Council on February 27th.
We shall continue to keep residents updated through our website ,Bulletin and social media.
The Romford Recorder have also picked up on the parking charges proposal – see HERE.
Cllr Clarence Barrett
We shall work hard over the coming months to unpick this poorly constructed budget and present an alternative which will focus on sustainability, fairness and common sense.