Caerphilly Council’s u-turn on park and ride charge
Caerphilly County Borough Council has decided to drop plans to charge for car parking at park and ride sites – for now.
The Plaid Cymru-led executive cabinet has deferred the scheme to levy a £1.50 charge for at least a year.
It was due to be introduced from April but the better-than-expected financial settlement the council recently received from the Welsh Assembly has meant the scheme can be postponed.
Cllr Rob Gough, who has cabinet responsibilities for transportation, said: “The settlement we received was better than expected. In addition to that, due to the management skills of our officers we have made £12.5m savings in the current financial year.
“That has enabled us to take another look at the proposed park and ride charges and defer their introduction. We do not want to place extra burdens on our residents in these difficult times.”
Councillor Colin Mann, deputy leader and cabinet member for corporate finance, procurement and sustainability said the local authority had listened after more than 100 complaints about the £1.50 a day charge.
He said: “When we made the original decision to impose charges we were facing the daunting task of potentially having to make £36m of savings and so had to make some very difficult choices.”
Councillor Whittle added: “We have always prided ourselves on being a listening council. There were considerable objections and we have listened to what the public has said.”
The £1.50 parking charge would have applied at Caerphilly, Ystrad Mynach, Bargoed, Aber, Hengoed, Newbridge, Risca and Pontymister, Pengam and Rhymney stations.
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