Parish Council

Parish Council rejects its own parking scheme!

by simon quarrell on Tuesday 27th March

Last night with a vote of 5 to 4 the Parish Council rejected the parking scheme it has been ploughing on with for over 15 months. It was good to hear what the 5 Councillors (Fleming, Bennett, Smith, Ball and Spruce) had to say because it was clear that they have listened to the views that the various communities in the village have been putting forward continuously over the whole period.

In contrast, the 4 lead by Councillors Horton and Ebert again stated they were going to deliberately ignore the views of residents because they 'knew better' and wanted to pursue their own agenda of control.

A good result for the village overall. There are some minor local parking and traffic issues which now need to be dealt with - but on a simple basis and not over-whelmed by the proposed red-tape, bureaucratic, stealth tax, control freak system that is now history.

Parish Council decides to extend parking scheme costs to hit all residents

by simon quarrell on Sunday 28th January

While quite deliberately ignoring the STOPS petition and its hard evidence that virtually no one in the village wants this scheme, the Parish Council continued to pursue its own agenda on Monday by agreeing to make sure that every household in the village will have to pay. It doesn't matter if you live in Potbridge, Whitehall, Park Corner, Derbyfields, North Warnborough or even Odiham - you will have to pay!

Why is this? Well, Councillors Horton & Ebert proposed that the Parish Council takes on the administration of the scheme so that they have more control over which individual residents can or cannot not have a parking permit - or "increased flexibility" as they called it.

So Odiham will have to pay for the admin costs - but the revenues from the permits (and fines!) will still go to Hart! Fair chance they'll agree to that!The admin costs will have to be added to the Parish Precept (tax) which is charged to every single household in the parish.

Those of you living outside the parking zone might have thought you weren't going to be hit financially - sorry, but you will be! If you are not happy with this, I suggest a direct protest to one of the more sensible councillors might be appropriate - and soon!

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STOPS petition presented to the Parish Council

by simon quarrell on Wednesday 10th January

I hear that the Stop The Odiham Parking Scheme petition was presented to the Parish Council at their meeting on Monday.

Incredibly, over 800 people have signed this petition in a very short time. This number includes over 70% of residents living in the central zone who will be hit by taxes and restrictions, over 300 retail and business owners, staff and customers, and 300 living just outside the zone but fear being overwhelmed with more people trying to park outside their houses.

With this level of response, I can't see any reason the Parish Council can possibly have for continuing with this scheme rejected by the community - unless their real plan is simply to raise more revenue through taxes using permits, fines and parking charges!

Personally, I congratulate John Fletcher, Gordon Wrenn and Brian Fleming for their hard work on STOPS - and hope that it stops the PC wasting more of people's time and public money on this. There are real solutions out there!

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