Scandal as Conservatives silence debate on parking

Wokingham Liberal Democrats were outraged by the arrogant behaviour of the Conservatives at last Thursday’s council meeting. The Conservative Executive Member for Highways, Councillor Keith Baker, used an obscure council mechanism to prevent any debate on parking from occurring. The Liberal Democrats had proposed a motion calling for a coherent parking strategy, and planned to discuss what such a strategy should include.

Prue Bray (leader of the Liberal Democrats on Wokingham Borough Council) said: ‘It comes across that the Conservatives are so arrogant that they feel that it is a waste of time listening to any other people’s views. No wonder local residents think that the Conservatives are out of touch when they resort to such tactics to avoid hearing other views!’

Phil Challis (Liberal Democrat Councillor for Loddon Ward) added: ‘This arrogance has come unstuck in the past. The Conservatives had to withdraw their ill-judged attempt to charge for on-street car parking. Then, as now, the principle problem was that no consultation had taken place. A cross-party committee pointed out then that Wokingham Borough needed a coherent parking strategy. Unfortunately, the Conservatives don’t seem to have learnt from their mistake and once again they are trying to drive through their own ideas on parking without any input from anyone else. That is no way to run a council.’

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