Parking petition reaches over 1,600 signatures

The petition opposing the introduction of parking charges on Union Street, Ryde has attracted over 1,500 signatures and organisers hope to reach 2,500.

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Cllr Lucioni shares this latest news. Ed

Following recent reports from the Isle of Wight Council that they intend to introduce parking charges to the length of Union Street; a petition was started to gather signatures for those that oppose the plans.

As of today, 5th November 2018, an online petition has attracted more than 1,600 supporters and signatures and the organisers are hoping the amount could reach 2,500 signatures by next week. A petition that has more than 2,500 will be debated by the IW Council and this is the objective.

Detrimental impact
Speaking today, Independent councillor, Karen Lucioni, who organised the petition said,

“The impact of introducing parking charges to Union Street will be detrimental to our town and to the shops that strive to remain open there. The petition already shows there is great support amongst residents and businesses alike for not bringing in parking charges.”

Decline in the high street
The proposals from the IOW Council are part of their draft budget proposals that were published last week and will go forward to the final budget setting Council meeting in February 2019 if approved.

In the Government’s autumn budget statement last week, the Chancellor announced reductions to small business rates for shop owners to sustain and boost the local shopping streets and high streets in out towns.

Parking charges along with out of town stores and Internet shopping are seeing a decline in local high streets across the country.

Complete contradiction
Cllr Lucioni added,

“It seems a complete contradiction to have government help local high streets with reduced business rates whilst the Isle of Wight Council discourages people from shopping in the high streets by introducing parking charges.

“We’re encouraging as many people as we can to sign the petition and we intend to bring this to Ryde Town Council for their support in this matter at the earliest opportunity.”

Ryde Town Council meet on the first Monday of the month except August and January. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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I agree that the IWC plan for extending chargeable on-street parking is ridiculous given that one of the aims of the IWC is regeneration. But then the ruling party don’t care as long as they can make a bit of money to fritter away elsewhere. Another nail in the Island High Street’s coffin and no help at all to the small businesses that need the small everyday… Read more »

Can some one please clarify this for me :-) Restricted time parking, parking charges in the road with restricted time parking or clog up the local nearby streets or driving people to use out of town stores. Better encouragement is using public transport or pedestrian means where possible.


Please would you add a link to the petition in your article to make it easier for us to sign.