Crosby Labour campaigner says parking charges at town's tourist

Ben Winstanley

Crosby Labour campaigner Ben Winstanley has been inundated with messages regarding the proposed parking charges at the town's most popular visitor spots.

Ben, who is also Labour's candidate for Blundellsands at May's local elections, launched a petition to allow local people to oppose the plans.

The community campaigner said the message is clear from the people of Crosby - parking charges will hurt local tourism and local business.

Ben said: "I do believe it will be damaging for local tourism and local businesses throughout the area."

"I therefore launched a petition in the hope that this would enable members of the public to voice their opposition to these charges. I am also aware that other people have organised similar petitions. It was reassuring that we were all working towards achieving a common goal.

"It is only by working as a community that we will send a message back to the council what we think are the priorities in our area."

Ben said he wanted to work with all members of the community to ensure that the interests of the people here are served.

Ben said: "I still believe that the introduction of charges will be damaging. However, as somebody who is active in the local community, I have a responsibility to be pragmatic about this decision.

"I fully understand that Sefton Council is in a very difficult position because of the budget cuts which are being imposed on us by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government.

"But the introduction of parking charges will hurt our local economy rather than improve it and will damage Crosby and Sefton more than it will benefit from this step.

"I do welcome some of the concessions which are currently being considered by the elected members, such as limited free parking at certain times of the day, but I and the people who have contacted me on this issue would like to see this taken further with the consideration of other concessions or looking elsewhere for revenue."

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