Mark Pleased by Council Decision on Car Parking Charges
Mark Griffin MSP and Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s Labour Councillors, have hailed the decision of North Lanarkshire Council to put a halt to all proposed car parking charges in the area.
The issue will not be reviewed until at least 2014/15, when the Council will get its funding settlement from the Scottish Government.
Commenting on the decision, Mark said:
"I am pleased the Council have taken this decision.
"Town centre car parking charges were considered to avoid commuters clogging up parking for local shoppers, but the new car parks being built will help alleviate this.
"When wages are being frozen, hours being reduced and large numbers of people unemployed and possibly travelling to job interviews, it is only appropriate that the Labour-run Council take this into account when considering their consultation on car park charging.
"Commuters are in the process of being hit by 6% rail fare increase, which the SNP Government has failed to stop. I don't want to see additional burdens placed on people at a time when families are struggling with household bills. I am glad the Council have shown leadership on this issue and acted in the way they have."
In a collective statement, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s Labour Councillors added:
"It is a difficult financial time for the Council, but people across the area are facing even greater challenges. It is important that the local authority does all it can to ease some of the pressure on families who are finding it difficult to pay bills and not add to it.
"North Lanarkshire Council have looked at the issue of car parking charges and have put the people of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth first."