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Stockton MP writes to council to argue for parking meeting time change
AN MP has stepped into a small town parking dispute to ask that a meeting be moved to a time that working people can attend.
James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, has written to Stockton Borough Council asking that the meeting about charging to park in Yarm be moved.
More than 1,300 letters of objection to pay and display parking were registered with the council from Yarm people, many worried the charges could adversely affect trade on Yarm High Street.
The introduction a new Traffic Regulation Orders, the legal order which the council would use to deal with traffic and parking, will be discussed a Stockton Tabernacle on Tuesday, September 10 at 10am.
Mr Wharton said: “This is pretty much the last chance to stop these unwanted plans. We have been campaigning against parking charges for two years and I am pleased some progress has been made: Stockton has accepted a longer free period of 30 minutes after originally proposing 10 and agreed to lower charges. It remains the case though that parking charges would take millions of pounds out of Yarm's economy at a time we can ill afford it and risk displaying vehicles to nearby residential streets.”
A previous legal challenge from Yarm Town Council to the imposition of pay and display was rejected by the High Court. Stockton council has argued the introduction of parking would be sensitively done and would lead to the better regulation of traffic.
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