Rugby council urges county council to rethink parking permit price hike after uproar from residents

File image: Rugby Town Hall, where the meeting was held.
File image: Rugby Town Hall, where the meeting was held.

Uproar over a proposed 220 per cent increase in the cost of residents parking permits has prompted Rugby Borough Council to urge their county council colleagues into a rethink.

Councillors at last night’s (September 26) full council meeting voted unanimously in favour of a notice calling for the planned price hike to be scrapped.

Cllr Maggie O’Rourke (Lab Benn) proposed the motion which stated: “We call upon Rugby Borough Council to make a formal written representation to Warwickshire County Council asking them to reconsider their proposals to changes and increase charges to residents parking permit schemes.

“The written representation would include evidence from ward councillors and the local community about the detrimental impact these changes would have on local people’s lives.”

The move was supported by all parties at the Town Hall meeting with Conservative leader Cllr Seb Low (Coton and Boughton) saying he would write to the county and also meet with residents who would be most affected should the permit go up from £25 to £80 per year.

And Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Jerry Roodhouse (Paddox) added: “You have to put this against the fairness test and this doesn’t come through that.

“In parts of Rugby, what is being proposed will tip some people over the edge. If you look at the data then it is quite clear that this will hit some of the most vulnerable areas of our borough so it just cannot be allowed to go through and the county council has to rethink its views on this.

“If you are going to come out with something as radical as this you need to ensure that the numbers add up and the numbers do not add up.”

The motion came as members of campaign group "Concerned Rugbeians Against Parking Proposals" (C.R.A.P.P) demonstrated outside the town hall to raise awareness of their opposition to the proposed permit price hike.