Picture shows Cllrs Bob Steed and David Ryder-Mills with Susan Kramer MP
Kingston Lib Dems launch a petition opposing the introduction of car parking charges in Richmond Park and Bushy Park.
Government Minister Margaret Hodge has written, defending her decision to approve the introduction of car parking charges in Richmond and Busy Park - on the grounds that visitors to these parks are rich enough to pay!
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The Labour Minister dismisses out of hand our concerns about the enormous impact which diverted traffic and parking will have on residential areas.
The fact that some areas of Richmond and Kingston are relatively wealthy is completely besides the point.
Elderly and disabled residents who rely on their cars in order to visit the park will be excluded from taking regular exercise and leisure in our beautiful community asset by the astronomical annual costs of parking. Residents living close to the park will also be burdened by unwanted extra congestion as visitors use residential streets to avoid in-park charges.
Why did the Minister not listen to local voices? We are deeply disappointed by her actions and we are running this petition in order to gauge local opposition to this unfair and uninformed decision.