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Redcar MP Ian Swales has told of his disappointment that the local council's £20,000 parking consultation has made no recommendations.

Mr Swales and his Liberal Democrat colleagues in the town claim last year that the Council sold 20% fewer tickets on Redcar High Street but made more than a 20% increase in revenue. Dissatisfied with this, Mr Swales is demanding free limited stay parking.

A petition has been launched today and will be available to sign in a number of high street shops. The petition can also be signed online at www.ianswales.com

Mr Swales commented: “I am disappointed in the lack of action from the Council. The parking consultation has cost the taxpayer £20,000 and has made no positive recommendations for change.

“Parking is free in Saltburn, Marske, and Guisborough and out of town locations such as supermarkets and shopping centres. It is simply not fair that Redcar takes the brunt of the charges to support a better deal elsewhere.”

Cllr Josh Mason, Shadow spokesperson for Leisure and Tourism for the Liberal Democrat Council Group commented: “In light of Marks and Spencer’s recent announcement, it is more important than ever for the Council to ensure that the High Street is encouraged to thrive. This is yet another example of the Labour Council making selfish decisions that are having a devastating effect on the town and local business.

“It is vital that we now come together to send them a message that we’re not willing to accept it.”


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