The Liberal Democrats have succeeded in persuading Cardiff Council to reduce the cost of visitor parking permits across the city for residents who only require this permit.
Local councillors for Adamsdown and Cathays, Nigel Howells and Elizabeth Clark, have fought against the huge increase in visitor parking permit charges alongside Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott and Eluned Parrott, AM for South Wales Central.
A single visitor parking permit, for those who don't own their own car, will now cost £7.50, a massive reduction on the £30 initially proposed by the council. The original £30 represented a 500% increase on the previous year's price of £5.
Jenny Willott has welcomed the move, saying:
"Across Adamsdown, Cathays and Plasnewydd, many residents have been in touch with me about the extortionate increase in visitor parking permits. In particular, elderly residents who don't have their own car were facing a large increase not faced by those residents who do have a car. Since the hike in charges was affecting such vulnerable people, I am extremely glad that the Labour-run council has seen sense and decided to reduce the cost.
"However, with the recent announcement that council tax could go up by 5% every year for the next 3 years, it does seem that the Labour council in Cardiff are developing a habit of asking residents to pay more for less. I'm glad that on this occasion we have been able to get the Council to change their mind."
Eluned Parrott added:
"It is a disgrace that the Labour administration in Cardiff council tried to act in such an underhanded way. I am glad that the hard working Liberal Democrat councillors in Adamsdown and Cathays have managed to convince the Labour party to back down."