Labour Councillors have issued a press release this evening in response to their own decision to reintroduce car parking charges in Crewe.
The following Labour Councillors for Crewe all signed the statement.
Cllr Joy Bratherton, Cllr Anthony Critchley, Cllr Suzanne Brookfield, Cllr Sally Handley, Cllr Laura Smith, Cllr Hazel Faddes, Cllr Marilyn Houston
Two Labour Councillors who represent Crewe however did not sign the statement, they were:
Cllr Jill Rhodes and Cllr Steven Hogben.
It is not known at this time why those two did not add their names to the press release.
Cheshire East Council published news of the plan to start charging for car parking again in Crewe on 9th June which was met with anger by local residents.
In the statement issued by the Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party it says:
We also consider this to have been a decision taken too early – tradespeople will require time to get their business back on track and penalising their customers in this way will not encourage people to travel into our town.
The press release goes onto say:
We would encourage the public to appeal to government via their Member of Parliament to fund councils properly, starting with the promised money that has not materialised to deal with the Covid 19 crisis.
It is not clear based on the statement if the decision will be reviews or rescinded.
As we revealed on 11th June, the decision was made by a single Labour councillor from Sandbach without any consultation of their own Labour group.
The release confirms that no councillor was consulted about this decision.
This statement cause further embarrassment for the local Labour Party as it highlights divisions rather than presenting a unified front.
In response to the decision, a petition was launched by Conservative MP, Dr Kieran Mullan.
That petition was supported by Labour Councillor Anthony Critchley, that public support caused public embarrassment for the Cheshire East Labour Group, Crewe News was shown a series of messages highlighting the internal friction this caused.
You can view the full statement below.statement