‘Parking tax’ threat to Milton Keynes residents

Conservatives have launched a campaign to Axe Labour's Parking Tax

Drivers in Milton Keynes could face a new ‘parking tax’ if Labour retain control of MK Council on 3rd May.

Last year, MK’s Labour-run council imposed a £25 parking permit charge on residents in areas including Loughton, Springfield and Campbell Park.

The Labour ‘parking tax’ means that an average family relying on two cars could face charges of £50 per year just to keep cars near their home – money that could be better spent on household bills or a family day out.

Conservative councillors opposed the permit charge from the start and the party has pledged to scrap all resident parking permit charges if they take control of the council on 3rd May.

The MK Conservatives manifesto clearly states: “We will provide communities with free parking permit schemes; instead of punishing car owners we will work with them.”

However, the Labour manifesto makes no equivalent commitment, posing the threat that the existing scheme could be extended into other parts of the city.

Conservative group leader, Cllr Alex Walker, said: “Conservatives have a clear commitment to axe the parking tax, but Labour’s manifesto is suspiciously silent on this point. Now we have to wonder just which areas of MK they will target next. It’s time for change in Milton Keynes, and one of the first things we’ll do is deliver free parking permits to residents.”

Conservative candidate for Loughton & Shenley, Dan Gilbert, added: "The parking tax imposed on Loughton is unfair and needs to be scrapped. We clearly need parking controls so close to the train station but residents are fed up with the way they have been made to pay the price.”

The MK Conservatives manifesto pledges to:

•             Axe the parking tax by providing communities with free parking permit schemes

•             Repair an extra 8,000 potholes in 6 months on top of existing council plans

•             Deliver more CMK parking spaces and more lower-rate ‘purple’ parking bays

•             Look at ‘pay on exit’ in CMK to reduce the risk of over-paying for parking