On Tuesday, Cambridgeshire County Council‘s all-Conservative Cabinet approved bringing in parking charges at the five Park & Ride sites in Cambridge.
Yesterday, I was one of a group of opposition councillors (Liberal Democrats plus a few Labour) who called the decision in, to have it looked at by a committee comprising councillors from all parties represented on the Council.
Today the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny COmmittee disapproved the unpopular move. Before any charges are levied, there must be:
- consultation / engagement with districts/city and users
- a proper assessment of risks and other options
- consideration of whether this is a “key decision” as it is a strategic change to start charging
We haven’t won the war yet, but this is a victory for people power and the principle of the public having a voice over their services.