The Lib Dems in Wokingham have been campaigning for years for short term free parking in the Borough to help boost trade and are delighted that one local MP, John Redwood, has been converted to the cause. Mr Redwood is asking for some free parking in Wokingham town to allow people to pop in to buy a newspaper or a loaf of bread without being deterred by car park charges.
Phil Challis, Deputy Leader Woodley Town Council, said: “I have long campaigned for an area of short term free parking in Woodley as it is important element in attracting people into the town. After the somewhat negative responses from Wokingham Borough’s Conservative leadership in the past, I welcome the recent conversion of John Redwood MP to the idea, let’s hope he can persuade the Tory Executive at Wokingham Borough to come on board – for all our towns in the area not just Wokingham”.
Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Wokingham Borough Council, Prue Bray said: “The Lib Dems featured a free half-hours parking in our election campaign in 2011. We are pleased to see at least one Conservative coming on board, let’s hope others follow!”
Local Liberal Democrats will continue to press the Borough’s Conservatives to not just focus on Wokingham Town and call for parking initiatives to be introduced to benefit all the Borough’s town centres.