Video: Lib Dem leader accuses council of ‘blackmail’ over residents’ consultation on scrapping free parking permits

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OPPOSITION leader Gerald Vernon Jackson has accused Portsmouth City Council of ‘blackmailing’ residents after it decided to scrap free parking permits.

The council is to ask residents through a public survey whether they would pay £40 a year for their first permit if it meant being able to park on or near their road – but is refusing to ask if drivers would prefer permits to remain free. Charges for extra permits would rise.

Gerald Vernon-Jackson

Gerald Vernon-Jackson

But Lib Dem leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘It’s blackmail, That’s a very poor way of consulting because you are just doing it in a way to drive the answer your way. I am extremely worried by that.’