HAVANT’S council leader has said car park usage will be analysed ahead of a crunch meeting.
Tony Briggs said he wanted a ‘full and informed’ debate over parking issues in the borough.
It comes as more then 4,500 people signed a petition to reduce parking charges on Hayling Island and a similar petition has been started by traders in Emsworth.
As reported, parking fees were put up from 70p to £1 in February in order to balance the council’s budget.
Cllr Briggs said: ‘I am aware that the traders in Emsworth are collating signatures from residents and visitors to Emsworth in order to present a petition to Havant Borough Council to request that we reconsider the recent changes in parking charges in the town.
‘You may be aware that the council has received a similar petition from traders in Hayling Island and that this is already programmed for a full debate at council on July 24.’
He added: ‘In preparation for this debate Councillor David Collins, who is the portfolio holder responsible for parking services in Havant, has requested that officers undertake further work in advance of the meeting including an analysis of car park usage across the entire borough since the changes were implemented in February this year to enable council to have a full and informed debate around charges in all centres and not just Hayling Island.’