9:40am Thursday 9th May 2013
IT seems that I have got under the skin of Andrew RT Davies, the Conservative Leader in the Assembly, again (Barry & District News, May 2). He claims that the last Conservative administration in the Vale did not agree to have car parking charges throughout the Vale.
However, they did, as is stated in a report to cabinet from the then Conservative leader on July 20, 2011, which agreed the medium term financial plan for the period 2011/12 to 2014/15, where it recommended ‘the full roll out of car parking charges’.
This was subsequently confirmed when the final proposals for the revenue budget 2012/2013 was agreed.
Mr Davies’s Vale Council colleagues are aware of this. In fact the current Conservative chairman of the economy and environment scrutiny committee has already stated that he will vacate the chair, if a report comes to his committee to oppose any car parking plans, because he was not in favour of them when his then leader put them forward initially.
As this decision was in place that was the reason why we took a report to Cabinet last October to overturn their decision to charge for car parking at the Llantwit Major beach, the Knap Terrace, Penarth cliff-top and Penarth Marina car parks. Mr Davies also seems to be suggesting that we should introduce free parking for a period of two hours.
That is amazing and clearly he did not read all that I wrote as this is exactly what I also suggested.
It is a shame he did not read that part of my article, but there again he probably did, but I suppose he will do his usual trick of claiming it was his idea, if that is what we finally agree.
I suggest that he waits for our cabinet proposals before he makes any further comment.
Cllr Neil Moore Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council
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