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Ipswich: Parking meter money is not being reinvested into the town as county council stock piles £2million

17:56 25 June 2014

The county council has stock piled £2m in parking meter cash

The county council has stock piled £2m in parking meter cash

A new row has blown up between Labour-controlled Ipswich council and the Tory-run county, this time over the use of money raised by on-street parking meters.

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So far this year £126,000 has been raised from people using parking meters in Ipswich, and the borough has applied for £135,000 from the county – the fund has built up over several years and currently has more than £2 million waiting to be allocated

However none of the bids have been successful.

Labour transport spokeswoman Sandra Gage said: “On Friday, when it was revealed that the borough’s request for town signs had been rejected, Graham Newman insisted that he rejected claims that the county treats Ipswich with contempt.

“Well it seems to me, with Ipswich now subsidising the rest of the county’s transport schemes, without getting its fair share of the pot, that is exactly what he is doing. I will be challenging this proposal at Cabinet on the 1 July.”

However, Mr Newman rejected claims that Ipswich was losing out, saying that the county was continuing to invest in the town’s transport network.

He said: “We are currently carrying out the £21m Travel scheme in Ipswich, which includes a contribution of £3m from county council funds.

“As part of this, we are working with the borough council and Ipswich Central to revamp Queen Street so that it can form part of the Cornhill improvement proposals.

“For the past two years, Suffolk County Council has supported the ‘Quids In’ Christmas shopping campaign – with £1 on-street parking and £1 park and ride fares.

“It is quite fair that we support similar initiatives in Bury St Edmunds from the on-street parking fund.”

The county had also recently won nearly £6m from the Government’s pothole challenge fund.

“No other town in the county has benefited from this type of support and financial commitment, proving that these accusations from Labour are totally without foundation.”

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7 comments

  • One moment we are told SCC is holding back £2m and the next we are told they paid £3m towards the Travel Ipswich nightmare. Perhaps IBC are not telling us the full story. At the end of the day us residents rather SCC held on to the money... How is progress with the linked traffic light system and real time travel info? Anyone know? Is it operational yet? Will it ever be?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • £2 million ?, well I suppose what with the 'Golden Hello's' !, not forgetting the 'Golden Goodbyes' !, they need some of our cash in hand !

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    freedomf

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • What do IBC expect when the proposals they put forward are ill conceived and rediculous!

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    Emmy Lou

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • The sad thing is its not even about the money, its about LabCon arguing amongst themselves in the playground that is Russell Road. Why was this not brought to our attention "several" years ago? I think its better for them to hold on to the money, £2m in public sector hands has the same value as £100k in the private sector - i.e. its only going to be wasted. IBC have been taking advantage over motorists for years... the silly tariffs they charge at their car parks knowing people wont have the correct change has amounted to consistent overcharging.This has amounted to more than enough to cover the £135k they are trying to claim.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Sounds like SCC are still saving up for the electronic bus timetables they keep advertising but haven't been able to provide.

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Where are there parking meters? I know some places where you need to buy a ticket for on street parking, but no actual parking meters.

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    Pop-pop

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Got to pay for the County Councillors expenses increase somehow I suppose.

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    england1770

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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