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    TheSpectre
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    Does anyone know if Flintshire’s councillors have to pay to park as their staff have to now pay for parking in the tired car park by the great white palace.

    #145796
    Owain Glyndwr
    Owain Glyndwr
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    Does anyone know if Flintshire’s councillors have to pay to park as their staff have to now pay for parking in the tired car park by the great white palace.

    From the Theatre Clwyd web site it says-

    Parking
    There is a large undercover car park operated by Flintshire County Council at the front of the building with tunnel access direct to the theatre foyer. The tunnel entrance has steps so is not suitable for those with access needs. Please be aware that the outside part of the multi-storey car park is currently undergoing some works and therefore is unavailable for parking. Whilst these repair works are ongoing if you do find the covered part of the car park to be full please park in the adjacent tiered car park.

    Recently the council has introduced charges to use the car park however it is only 50p for a full day, 20p for 2 hours and is pay and display Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm.

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    #145815

    Idris
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    Does anyone know if Flintshire’s councillors have to pay to park as their staff have to now pay for parking in the tired car park by the great white palace.

    From the Theatre Clwyd web site it says-

    Parking
    There is a large undercover car park operated by Flintshire County Council at the front of the building with tunnel access direct to the theatre foyer. The tunnel entrance has steps so is not suitable for those with access needs. Please be aware that the outside part of the multi-storey car park is currently undergoing some works and therefore is unavailable for parking. Whilst these repair works are ongoing if you do find the covered part of the car park to be full please park in the adjacent tiered car park.

    Recently the council has introduced charges to use the car park however it is only 50p for a full day, 20p for 2 hours and is pay and display Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm.

    BUT DO THE COUNCILLORS HAVE TO PAY?

    #147305
    Councillor X
    Councillor X
    Participant

    Why spoil a good thing WCBC?

    I didn’t like this either “Councillors still wishing to park in the town centre could offset the new cost via their recent £200 pay rise, the equivalent of well over two months parking in the Waterworld carpark.”

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    #147306

    Council Watcher
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    Car Parking sorted now what about travel expenses: some Local Authorities regard a Councillors place of work as being their home and therefore they claim travel expenses at 45p a mile– does anyone know if Wrexham pays travel from home to Guildhall..

    The following is on the Council website for 2016/17 which does not show many travel expenses claims but that does not mean they have not been aid as they could be coded under another heading.

    This is an example of an expenses claims for another LA.
    “27. For the purposes of calculating claims, a councillor’s normal place of residence (his/her
    home) is regarded as his or her normal place of work, so expenses associated with
    travel from home to the council headquarters, and other locations to conduct council
    business, may be claimed back. Where a councillor travels on council business from
    his or her employment or business (which is not council related) he or she may be
    reimbursed for the cost of the journey. However, if the cost of making this journey
    would have been lower had it started from the councillor’s home, then that lower cost is
    the maximum amount which should be reimbursed. For example if the distance from a
    councillor’s home to council offices is 5 miles and from a councillor’s business to
    council offices is 10 miles, a maximum of 5 miles may be reimbursed. “

    #147307
    Rob
    Rob
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    Going back to http://www.wrexham.com/news/which-councillor-claimed-1-35-mileage-to-attend-remembrance-day-service-99364.html etc it appears WCBC do allow travel expenses from home to guildhall for meetings.

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    #147312
    Councillor X
    Councillor X
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    Going back to http://www.wrexham.com/news/which-councillor-claimed-1-35-mileage-to-attend-remembrance-day-service-99364.html etc it appears WCBC do allow travel expenses from home to guildhall for meetings.

    I have often stated that Councillors should have access to Pool cars and that would sort both mileage claims and parking.

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    #147315
    AMA Express
    AMA Express
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    And where are those Pool Cars going to come from ? Who’s going to pay for them ?

    #147317

    Matt
    Participant

    It has to be said on this occasion fair play that they have decided to actually listen to the public for once and followed through on something.

    In my mind though the entire situation could have been avoided had they not messed about with disabled parking. That was what got the public’s goat. So if they’d have had the foresight to leave that alone then I very much doubt the average person on the street would have given 2 hoots about free parking for council workers – it had been going on for years and nobody had raised an eyebrow. So it’s just one of those things. Ultimately charging all users for council-owned parking has earmarked additional revenue generations to go into the public coffers, so let’s hope it all goes to good use.

    There has to be a town ecosystem that works for everyone or it becomes a big fight over who is entitled to what.

    #147341

    wrexview
    Participant

    It is not so much about making Councillors pay but more about opening up the Guildhall car park to the public seven days a week. By doing this they will generate extra income. Councillors can park in any car park where there is a space and by doing so they will better understand the problem of limited dwell time in some of them. There maybe another effect , shorter meetings, as Councillors will be clock watching making sure they don’t over stay !

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