Councillors have been branded hypocrites for keeping free town centre parking for themselves while increasing other charges by £1.2m.
All 48 elected members are entitled to free parking at the Guildhall for council duties, but while some cycle or use public transport, others have used it for shopping or dining.
An annual parking permit at the nearby Rose car park would have cost £2,592.
Last month, Liberal Democrats approved a budget increasing the cost of business permits by up to 300 per cent, residents’ parking by up to 50 per cent, and pay-and-display by 50 per cent. Conservatives abstained.
Vic Bellamy, who won 300 votes standing on an anti-waste platform in last year’s council election, said: “It’s hypocritical. If everyone else has to cut back, they should too.”
My comment: I love the council argument in favour of free parking for Councillors...because our Councillors are only on £7500. By that theory everyone in the area with an income of less than that should also get free parking but they don't. If you can't fill your boots with money fill them with perks?
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