November 28, 2011
The introduction of increased car parking charges in the City Centre have led to lots of comments on the Nottingham Post’s website about Nottingham City Council being “anti-car” . It will be interesting then, to see the reaction if the city council do go ahead with it’s plan to introduce the Workplace Parking Levy in April 2012.
The City Council have already allocated some of the income from the WPL to the improvements for Nottingham train station, more specifically “up to £14.000m funded by prudential borrowing, to be repaid via Workplace Parking Levy income.” As far as I can tell, the money has already been borrowed and thus will have to be paid back somehow. So a failure to introduce the WPL in April 2012, or to attract as much income as predicted, may lead to yet more cuts in the city council’s services.
To read more about Nottingham City Council’s financial position, follow the link below to their 2010/11 draft accounts.
October 1, 2009
Nottingham City Council is again wasting money on glossy pr leaflets according to one letter writer in the Evening Post.
“A few days ago my small business received a letter and double sided glossy sheet from Nottingham City Council about the Workplace Parking Levy – which I prefer to call the Tram Scam Tax.
It was all about whether my business would have to pay and emphasised that the “chances are you won’t have to pay”. Well, they are right, I won’t have to pay because we don’t have enough parking spaces – but surely the council has a very good idea which businesses will have to pay. Why not simply write to them and save money by only writing to the 20% of businesses that will have to pay….
The letter and glossy seem to be to be an example of the worst kinds of self-justifying stupidity we get from politicians and are a complete waste of money.”
Follow the link below to read more.
July 24, 2009
“NOTTINGHAM City Council was today slammed over its efforts to consult businesses on the workplace parking levy.
A report published by the Transport Select Committee has concluded the council’s consultation with local firms was “deeply flawed”.
Furthermore their report accuses the council of assuming many businesses had “no strong views” on the controversial new charge.
The report’s release comes just days before the Department for Transport is expected to announce whether the council will be allowed to introduce the workplace parking levy (WPL).”
I have seen the information that was sent out to businesses as part of the consultation. It makes it clear that if you have less than 10 parking spaces in your premises you won’t pay this levy.
I strongly suspect most businesses read this, realised it didn’t apply to them directly, and thus didn’t bother to reply. This doesn’t mean they agree with this levy, just that it doesn’t personally affect them.
Follow the link below to read more.
April 15, 2009
A letter in Nottingham’s Evening Post complains about Nottingham City Council’s adverts.
“Now that the Government has given the go-ahead for two new tram routes, I hope Nottingham City Council will stop the ad campaign on this subject.
On Woodborough Road (which is nowhere near a tram route) there is a massive billboard exhorting us to ‘celebrate’ five years of the tram.
Elsewhere there are posters extolling the virtues of the Workplace Parking Levy, a subject on which we all have an opinion but, sadly, no vote. How much have these marketing campaigns cost.”
Follow the link below to raed the original letter.
March 23, 2009
You may have seen in Nottingham billboards promoting the workplace parking levy that the City Council want to introduce. Should taxpayers money really be spent on promoting a policy that the City Council wants to implement? I think it should be illegal for local authorities to spend taxpayers money in this way.
It would also be interesting to know just how much money is being spent on developing a workplace parking levy. Minutes of the City Council’s Executive Board in 18th of December 2007, estimate that the total cost of developing workplace parking levy up to March 2008 is £990,000.
However it is clear that Nottingham City Council is not confident that they will be able to implement this policy. The minutes of the Executive Board on the 17th of March 2009 discuss the funding of the Nottingham Hob – also known as an improved train station. The minutes note that alternative funding will need to be found if the workplace parking levy is not introduced.
To read the minutes follow the links below.
March 11, 2009
Nottingham North MP, Graham Allen appears in parliament defending Nottingham City Council’s proposal to introduce a workplace parking levy. He claims that many businesses have written to him in support of the workplace parking levy.
Follow the link below to watch him in action.
January 30, 2009
I know many people aren’t convinced about Nottingham City Council’s plan, but from the post below it appears that some people outside of Nottingham are also not convinced.
“Lobbydog wants to see MPs on the Transport Committee push Nottingham City Council on their plans to introduce a Workplace Parking Levy today.
The proposals would see 500 firms in central Nottingham paying £185 a year per parking space they provide for employees, rising to £350 in 2014.
At a time when firms are being pushed to the brink by the downturn and as councils could soon get the power to bump up business rates anyway, it’s a prickly subject.
If the levy means less traffic, better transport, and no harm to the economy then great. But I need to see the plan stand up to proper public scrutiny before I’m convinced.”
To read the original post follow the link below.