Councillors fight over parking zone charges in Sutton South and Belmont

Sutton Councillor Tony Shields proposed 200 free hours of parking be restored

Sutton Councillor Tony Shields proposed 200 free hours of parking be restored

First published in News Streatham Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter covering Wandsworth

A row has broken out between borough councillors over controlled parking zone charges for visitors.

Chairman of the Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee and Conservative Councillor, Tony Shields, proposed on July 5 that 200 free hours parking for visitors be restored to both Sutton South and Belmont.

Free visitor vouchers have decreased from 200 hours to 50 hours since 2005.

After consultation with residents and using statistics obtained from the parking department he predicted that £7,200 could be allocated to Sutton South and £500 to Belmont to reinstate 200 hours of visitors’ vouchers.

He said: "After years of reduced parking provision for visitors residents are frankly fed up, many had been told that the 200 hours would be ongoing only to find it not to be the case.

"Localism is all about residents choosing the things that matter in their area, for Sutton South parking zone this issue was the third most item of residents concerns after the high level of Council tax and the huge waste of money on Sutton high street.

"We are talking modest sums for a big difference, people who have the need of carers or perhaps have work being carried out on their properties will find the restoration of the 200 hours most useful.

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"It is a shame that the two Lib Dem councillors could not bring themselves to support the 200 hours restoration but I suppose it would be hard for them considering the Lib Dem council took away 150 hours in the first place despite Councillor Mary Burstow sending a tweet while the meeting was in progress in favour of my proposal, politics is a funny old business."

He also proposed to reduce administration cost to zero or at least at the same level as currently with 200 hours of vouchers being included in the March 2013 council tax letter.

However, Liberal Democrat Councillors, Mary Burstow, Richard Clifton and Heather Honour felt that no decision could be made without information being provided in writing first.

On her blog, Cheam Councillor Mary Burstow accused Coun Shields and his Conservative colleagues of behaving like "cowboy builders".

She said: "I would never accept a verbal quote from a builder I would always ask for it in writing.

"I treat council tax payers’ money with the same utmost care and respect."

Officers are now undertaking the work to carry out the proposal.

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10:43am Thu 12 Jul 12

Giles C says...

Perhaps Mary Burstow should read Ruth Dombeys article about the financial mistakes the council have made before proffering how the Lib Dems treat taxpayers money with respect....
Perhaps Mary Burstow should read Ruth Dombeys article about the financial mistakes the council have made before proffering how the Lib Dems treat taxpayers money with respect.... Giles C
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5:14pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Margaret_Hale says...

Cllr Shields seeks to return £7,200 to residents.

Remind us how much or OUR money you LibDems have squandered on the Life Centre and ruining our High St?

So LibDems confess to financial incompetence at last! Kick them out!
Cllr Shields seeks to return £7,200 to residents. Remind us how much or OUR money you LibDems have squandered on the Life Centre and ruining our High St? So LibDems confess to financial incompetence at last! Kick them out! Margaret_Hale
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10:17pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Sutton53 says...

Why was 'Mary Burstow' tweeting whilst the meeting was in progress? It is rather rude. Also I don't remember much forethought put on the table when the Lib Dems want their own 'projects' to go through. To say the phrase 'cowboy builders', is a bit rich coming from a Council that squanders our money on their pet-projects. The 'Sutton Life Centre'that hasn't lived up to its hype and is lacking in funds as a result 'The Living Wall' on the side of Wilkinsons, and the make-over of Sutton High Street. They are just miffed that they hadn't thought about it first! Stick to your guns Tony Shields......Stand-u
p for those of us who haven't been sucked in by the Lib-Dems and don't act like sheep at every election!
Why was 'Mary Burstow' tweeting whilst the meeting was in progress? It is rather rude. Also I don't remember much forethought put on the table when the Lib Dems want their own 'projects' to go through. To say the phrase 'cowboy builders', is a bit rich coming from a Council that squanders our money on their pet-projects. The 'Sutton Life Centre'that hasn't lived up to its hype and is lacking in funds as a result 'The Living Wall' on the side of Wilkinsons, and the make-over of Sutton High Street. They are just miffed that they hadn't thought about it first! Stick to your guns Tony Shields......Stand-u p for those of us who haven't been sucked in by the Lib-Dems and don't act like sheep at every election! Sutton53
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1:02am Fri 13 Jul 12

Lamorak III says...

Spends her time tweeting to obtain instructions as most libdems seem afraid to speak out of turn
Spends her time tweeting to obtain instructions as most libdems seem afraid to speak out of turn Lamorak III
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10:35am Fri 13 Jul 12

Margaret_Hale says...

That is a truly scary photo of Cllr Shields.
That is a truly scary photo of Cllr Shields. Margaret_Hale
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