John Redwood, MP for Wokingham, has welcomed new measures to provide more car parking spaces in town centres. Anti-car red tape imposed by Labour is being scrapped, tackling the parking misery faced by shoppers.
Centrally-imposed limits on town centre parking spaces will be removed, helping to provide a big boost to struggling high streets and small shops, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced this week. National parking restrictions set by Whitehall have until now dictated the number of parking spaces a council is permitted to grant, often with a cap that limits the spaces town centres can offer even when they want to offer more.
John Redwood said:
‘The return of fairer parking is great news for Wokingham, its shoppers and businesses.
‘We are calling off Labour’s war on the motorist. We want to see more parking spaces to help small shops prosper on local high streets and assist mums struggling with their family shop.
‘Labour’s planning rules hiked up parking charges; they raised business rates by stealth and their licensing laws made towns less safe at night, driving people away.
‘In addition to ripping up the red tape on parking, this Government has scrapped Whitehall rules on town centres, doubled small business rate relief for two years and is giving councils more powers to tackle late-night antisocial behaviour’.