Broken Promise by Conservatives forces council to look at car park charges

Residents and Businesses urged to write to Minister and sign petition for “missing millions.”

Costs due to Covid-19, combined with years of cuts by central government, means that we’re faced with a choice between widening car park charges and cutting other services or the council being effectively declared bankrupt.

This could all be avoided if the Conservatives had kept their promise to do “whatever is necessary” to help councils meet their Covid costs.

In fact the government are keeping nearly a third of the money owed, which would allow Oadby and Wigston to keep short stay parking free.

Conservative Councillors have backed the charging plans at recent council meetings and have actively suggested car park charges over the years.

Most councils are in similar position to Oadby and Wigston. We’ve seen a fall of over £2 million* in the budget here over the last 12 years and simply can’t fill this funding gap from reserves. The last year has been a once-in-a-lifetime event and only the government has the financial resources to help councils keep local services up to scratch.

The Conservatives wasted £37 billion on a track and trace system that doesn’t work and more on dodgy contracts for PPE that often failed to deliver. And yet they can’t find £1500,000 owed to Oadby and Wigston that would keep our short-stay car parking free.

Please sign the petition calling on the Conservative MP here and his Government to find the “missing millions” so Oadby and Wigston can keep short-stay parking free and safeguard key services.

*revenue budget changes between 2010 and 2022 sourced from Oadby & Wigston Borough Council

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