Council accused of ‘secrecy’ over parking

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A LIB DEM councillor has accused Portsmouth City Council of secrecy over the decision to suspend two parking zones.

Cllr Michael Andrewes has criticised the move not to release the results of a survey asking people outside of the MB and MC schemes if they wanted parking restrictions.

Tory councillor Ken Ellcome decided not to act on the consultation as part of his decision to scrap the two schemes because of the effect it was having on nearby roads.

As reported, it was found that people without permits were leaving their cars in unrestricted areas. The MC zone had also been introduced by the Lib Dems against the wishes of council officers due to the effect it would have.

But Cllr Andrewes has complained to city solicitor Michael Lawther about the new administration’s actions.

‘People tell me that the two hour zone has worked well for MC,’ he said.

‘The two-hour idea is not perfect but it takes on board everyone’s needs – residents, those without cars and shops and businesses. Residents in MC and MB should have their zone.’ A scrutiny panel was set to decide today whether Cllr Ellcome’s decision should be reconsidered.