DO we believe Labour when they say no more parking charge hikes in Southampton?
They made a similar promise before the 2012 council election but as soon as they were in power they set about increasing charges and introducing new ones like residents’ parking first permits and night time city centre charges.
They also voted through plans for charges for shoppers in district centres like Shirley and Portswood.
If Labour are genuinely having a rethink and accepting that their approach up until now was wrong they should scrap their first permit charges and night time charges, which will hit residents and businesses in the pocket.
Empty Labour promises before an election have been proved worthless. As the council leader himself admitted – much of Labour’s 2012 election manifesto was simply an election tactic.
CLLR JEREMY MOULTON, Freemantle Ward, Southampton City Council.