A massive demonstration of shoppers and shop owners marched through the streets of Ely today to protest at ECDC’s moot proposal to introduce car parking charges.
The demonstration was well supported by the media with BBC’s ‘Look East’ regional news programme showing coverage at peak time.
Elaine Griffin-Singh, ETA chairman, said: ‘This is a chance for the people of Ely to show how they feel about parking charges.
We feel a one-off charge to Council Tax payers would be preferable to solve the city’s current parking issues.’
Mrs Griffin-Singh is proposing the council pay for a park and ride scheme on Angel Drove – as outlined in their current plans – and for them to ask taxpayers to contribute rather than implement parking charges.
Mrs Griffin-Singh continued: ‘If charges are introduced, we will all be paying forever and a day. Ely is busy and parking can sometimes be a problem, but we don’t think it is as big a problem as the council is trying to make out. A new park and ride would ease congestion and satisfy everyone.’
If ECDC ratify the proposal people visiting Ely could pay up to 50p an hour to park their car.
ECDC are due to vote on this controversial on Tuesday 27th September.