Council agrees to request to delay parking permit rise

March 31, 2020 2:30 PM
Originally published by Surrey County Council Lib Dems

Following a request from Lib Dem Councillor Will Forster, Surrey County Council has agreed to postpone its planned increase of residential parking permits due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The County Council wants to increase the cost of residential parking permits in Controlled Parking Zones, and was intending to advertise and consult the public on the increase in April and then implement the increase soon after that. However, the consultation and increase will be now postponed until after the coronavirus pandemic.

During today's Cabinet meeting, the Council agreed to Will Forster's request to delay the consultation regarding the cost of parking permits for as long as needed in light of the current crisis.

Lib Dem County Councillor Will Forster said:

"Many people are currently struggling financially, and to increase the cost of being able to park outside their homes would be an unnecessary added burden. It would have been completely unreasonable to consult the public on something so controversial when the news is rightly focused on coronavirus."

"I am pleased the County Council has agreed to my request to abandon this increase and ease pressure on people's finances."

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