Free parking in Ashfield by Christmas - council boss pledges

Coun Cheryl Butler, leader of Ashfield District Council
Coun Cheryl Butler, leader of Ashfield District Council

The leader of Ashfield District Council has pledged that free parking will become a reality across Ashfield in the next three months.

Councillor Cheryl Butler has outlined the process involved in a change of policy and confirmed the new scheme will be implemented before Christmas.

Free parking in Ashfield by Christmas

Free parking in Ashfield by Christmas

In an open letter she wrote: “The process of introducing any changes in policy is not simply agree at one meeting and implement the following day.

“There is a process which involves a report being written, a discussion at Labour Group, then agreement at a Cabinet Meeting followed by a period of notification, using various media outlets, plus the necessary changes to signage etc.

“At our cabinet meeting on Thursday October 8, our car parking pledge will be officially discussed and a decision made.

“This means the likely implementation date will be late November\early December 2015 in time for Christmas shopping.

“I look forward, as I’m sure many Ashfield residents will, to this pledge becoming a reality.”

Coun Butler added that the Labour group at Ashfield District Council had already honoured two election pledges.

“Over the summer we introduced our very successful Free Swimming programme to children and young people,” she said. “We have also started working on our Cleaner Streets pledge by agreeing changes in policy on dog fouling fines.”