Cautious welcome to review of charges at Hayling Island car park

CAUTIOUS WELCOME John Perry, left, and Chris Woollacott
CAUTIOUS WELCOME John Perry, left, and Chris Woollacott

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CAMPAIGNERS who led a vehement campaign to stop parking fee hikes on Hayling Island have praised a council review.

As reported, Havant Borough Council could soon scrap a blanket £1-an-hour parking charge following huge opposition.

A plan to charge drivers parking at Hayling Island Health Centre is also not set to go ahead.

The moves were welcomed by Chris Woollacott and John Perry, who helped to collect more than 4,500 signatures to present to council leaders.

Mr Woollacott said: ‘We are delighted that the council has decided to abandon plans to charge Hayling Health Centre visitors to park when they visit the surgery. This would have been a thinly disguised “tax on the sick” and the proposal was deeply unpopular with Hayling residents.

‘However, we note the absence of any intent to address similar concerns with regard to other health centres in the borough.

‘We welcome the decision to partially reverse last year’s general increase in parking charges as well as maintaining the free 20-minute bays in Mengham and other improvements in the charging structure.

‘However, we call upon the council to view this, not as a solution but as a first step in driving down car parking charges across Havant borough.’