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Councils agree Weymouth on-street parking deal
ON STREET parking in Weymouth will continue to be managed by the borough council until 2015.
Councillors for the town said they are pleased with the decision which has given ‘clarity’ as well as job security to staff. The borough council’s agreement to look after on-street parking in the area on behalf of Dorset County Council was due to end on March 31, 2014.
But yesterday a county cabinet meeting agreed to let the borough carry on.
Cabinet members were told a series of emails had been exchanged between leaders of both councils in which the borough said it would guarantee a £30,000 income for the county council for two years.
Councillors said they would agree to extend the arrangement until April 2015, provided the borough puts this proposal in writing.
Coun Mike Byatt, who represents Weymouth town centre on the county council, said he was pleased with the decision but asked to be kept up-to-date.
He told the meeting: “The important thing is that there is clarification about what that agreement entails because it’s important that members on both councils are singing from the same hymn sheet.”
Afterwards, he said: “It’s been extended for the next two years in a slight amendment to the recommendation.
“I welcome the approach. There was some tension regarding the position of the authorities going forward.
“This has given a clear understanding about what the expectation is.
“I’m pleased that we have reached an agreement, there is some clarity.”
Borough councillor Christine James, briefholder for transport, said: “I am pleased that somebody has seen sense, that there’s no point breaking it up and taking it away from us.
“This was done without any consultation with me, the elected member. It was just something the county council felt they needed to do because they felt they could run it better.”
She said the borough council is reviewing on-street parking because it wants to ‘get people in to the town to use the businesses.'
She added that she had seen a list of where the county council wanted to install on-street parking in Weymouth and that it would have aggrieved residents.
She added: “I am very pleased for the staff. There has been a lot of back and forth and they haven’t known whether they are going to keep their jobs or what’s going on.
“Everyone’s worked really hard to secure this decision and I’d like to thank all those involved in the negotiations.”
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