By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter
RENEWED calls have been made to scrap a proposed tax on workplace parking.
Bristol City Council is considering introducing a “work place levy” as a way of helping to fund the three proposed bendy bus routes.
Originally the levy was not part of the funding for the projects but as part of the Coalition spending cuts programme the Government increased the amount of money councils would have to pay towards such schemes.
It means that in Bristol, if the funding bids are approved, the council will have to find £42 million to put towards them.
Conservative transport spokeswoman Councillor Siobhan Kennedy-Hall submitted a statement to Councillor Tim Kent, executive member for transport, which specifically asks for the workplace parking pricing element to be removed as part of a 25 year funding programme.
Ms Kennedy-Hall (Avonmouth) said: “I find it incredible that despite widespread opposition to this idea – officers are still considering the introduction of such levies as a viable option.
“Whilst I appreciate the DfT now requires a commitment to meet a greater proportion of the total cost of these schemes, the case against workplace parking charges is overwhelming.