Crewe News has learnt today that the decision to bring back car parking charges in Crewe was made by a single Labour Councillor without consultation.
Cheshire East Council announced the decision yesterday that the charges will come again into force from 15th June.
The charges were suspended on March 27th as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in order to support Keyworkers.
In a series of messages shown to Crewe News the Labour Councillor who made the decision has “Acknowledged their mistake”.
We understand the Councillor who made the decision currently lives in Sandbach where there are no car parking charges.
The messages also reveal that the decision was not communicated within the local Labour Party structures before the news was announced.
In a series of exchanges, several Labour Councillors voice their displeasure at fellow Councillors and local Labour Party Chairpersons for publicly tweeting about the news without consulting the Labour Group in Cheshire East.
The Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwich, Dr. Kieran Mullan has since launched a petition opposing the reintroduction of the charges.
Dr Mullan said on his official Facebook page:
Bringing back charges now is a mistake. Our smaller retailers need all the help they can get. This will make it even more difficult for them to start getting back on their feet.
In a further twist Labour Councillor Anthony Critchley has come out in support of the local MP in opposition to the charges.
Speaking to the local Crewe Chronicle on supporting the petition, Cllr. Critchley said:
This decision is not something that can be done lightly, as someone loyal to my party and its values, I feel that I cannot influence from within, so need to join those who put me in my position – residents of Crewe
Cllr Critchley along with over 1000 residents in the area have so far signed the petition calling for the decision to be reversed.