What do North West Labour and Conservative controlled councils have in common? They think it’s OK to charge their constituents to shop locally.
Salford Council has charged for it’s car parks for a good few years now. So even if you just want to pop to Salford Shopping City for a few minutes, perhaps to post a letter, it’ll cost you a couple of quid.
My Bury Lib Dem colleague Vic D’Albert has blogged today that the Conservative-controlled Bury Council are now introducing car parking charges at the Prestwich Town Centre Fairfax Road car park. I know this car park well, as I lived in Prestwich for a number of years – and I used to regularly shop at the Longfield Centre, since even then I believed it was better to shop locally.
What a pity Bury Tories are as short-sighted as Salford’s Labour. As Vic points out, the policy is being brought in for purely financial reasons. The car park charging proposal was introduced into the Council budget by the Conservative group earlier this year to balance the budget.
Have they not thought about the impact this will have on the struggling small businesses in the Longfield Suite? I assume they gave the Longfield the same consideration that Salford Labour gave Salford Shopping City when they increased parking charges there.
Listen up Conservatives and Labourites across the North West. It should be free to shop local.