CONSERVATIVE Councillor for Little Thurrock Blackshots, Joy Redsell, has spoken of her delight at Impulse Leisures apparent u-turn over introducing parking charges at Blackshots sports centre.
Joy said "As soon as I heard Impulse Leisures plans to charge for parking I was furious. Introducing these charges would have done nothing but increase parking problems on the surrounding streets. It would have also put people off of participating in sports, something the Council’s partner should be promoting! I spoke to the Council’s Chief Executive who confirmed the council would not support Impulse’s plan and backed up my concerns with a petition containing over 1800 names showing nobody wanted this fitness tax. I am delighted that that these charges will not be implemented."
Wednesday’s full council will see Cllr Redsell present one of the larges petitions submitted under the Council’s petition scheme. The Council’s Chief Executive has now written to confirm that no parking charges will be introduced at Blackshots Sports Centre. However, despite this success, Cllr Redsell and Thurrock Conservatives will be calling for changes in the way the Council deals with large petitions.
She added "I know Council officers have spent a great deal of time trying to verify the signatures collected and that work will not be complete before Council next meets so it is being dealt with as an urgent item of business. If the threshold for a petition to be debated at Council is so high then there needs to be a faster way to accept signatures to ensure timely discussion. Like many of my residents who signed the petition, I was committed to ensuring Impulse Leisure retains its free parking by not imposing a problematic ‘fitness tax’, and am delighted our hard work has paid off, and that residents’ voices have been heard."