Grant Street car park, £3.5 million wasted
Grant Street car park, £3.5 million wasted

When we are all recoiling from the cost of living crises, Fuel prices soaring by over £1000/annum, Council Tax likely to go up by the maximum allowed, prices of food and clothes rocketing. Local Tories plan to refurbish Grant street car park for a whopping £3.5 million to create an extra 268 spaces. Answering questions at a Council meeting a leading Tory admitted that the 65 space car park had never been full.

The figures just don’t add up, at over £13000 per car parking space initially, then over £500 per space interest(assumed 4%) on the loan per year. This Car park will never make money.

The arrogance of the ruling Tory administration is shocking, they insist that the new Car park will be 80% full yet they can’t even fill the 65 spaces that exist now..

This Folly is a waste of our money and the plug should be pulled now!

Does this car park therefore merit £3.5 million being spent on its rebuilding? Tim Mickleburgh
Tim Mickleburgh

WHAT A WASTE!

Do you remember when Labour was in control of North East Lincolnshire Council? Not only did we set the wheels in motion for many of the developments that the Tories are currently taking credit for, we had to face claims of not listening to the public and always trying to pass the blame.

But have things been better under this Jackson-led administration? Well so far as Council Tax is concerned, it is clear who is responsible for the fact that bills will be rising. For we have an unfortunate double whammy of the Tories being in control at both national and local level. So, if you want to point the finger at someone for having to dig deeper into your pocket, there’s only one party in the firing line!

As for consultations, take a look at the NELC website for the survey relating to the controversial car park scheme at Grant Street. Apart from a tiny space at the end of the form, there’s no way of recording objections to the entire project.

Yet at Full Council we were told that the existing facility is never full and brings in a mere £20-25 K a year. Does this car park therefore merit £3.5 million being spent on its rebuilding? It certainly won’t pay for itself, and thus will be a further burden on council coffers.

Many residents have objected to what is proposed, preferring a park and ride scheme which’d be more appropriate if we do care about the environment. Then there is the railway that goes right into the heart of Cleethorpes itself, with ample scope for carrying more passengers.

Alas it seems that the green agenda matters little to those in power locally.

 

Tim Mickleburgh.

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