Free road parking proposal is scorned
SHEPWAY District Council's latest discussions on its controversial parking strategy have been dismissed by campaigners as a desperate attempt to 'save face'.
Leader Robert Bliss invited Folkestone ward councillors to a meeting on Monday night.
The Herald understands Cllr Bliss revealed that parking could remain free on Cheriton Place and Bouverie Road West.
But the council is still considering putting parking meters in The Leas, Clifton Crescent and Langhorne Gardens.
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Anti-charge campaigners remain unconvinced.
Sandgate Road trader Martyn Jackson said: "Is the council trying to save face?
"There's no detail – what about the hoteliers and the guest houses?
"What about residents' permits and low-paid staff who can't afford over £500 a year to park for work?
"I'm still not happy. They need to stop, scrap the whole thing, consult everyone and start again."
Last week, The Herald published the results of the people's poll, with more than 90 per cent of those who responded rejecting the council's proposed charges for on-street parking.
An SDC spokesman said: "As part of the consultation on the parking proposals, the leader spoke to his cabinet colleagues and, as the proposals concern Folkestone, to four Folkestone members of the council on Monday.
"These were informal talks and no decisions have yet been made.
"Cabinet will have more formal discussions over the next few weeks."