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Plans to introduce Blue Badge parking charges criticised by Wrexham’s AM

Plans to introduce town centre parking charges for Blue Badge holders has been criticised by Wrexham’s Assembly Member.

Lesley Griffiths AM has written to the leader of Wrexham Council outlining her opposition to the controversial proposals.

Earlier this month Wrexham.com reported that plans to introduce parking charges for Blue Badge holders in all council-operated car parks in the town centre had been put forward.

A report presented to the Executive Board at the start of January, also detailed proposals to introduce parking charges at three of Wrexham’s country parks – Alyn Waters, Nant Mill and Ty Mawr.

Members of the Executive Board had voted in favour of launching a statutory consultation period about the proposals, however Wrexham.com reported last week that this process has been paused following a successful call-in by members of the Labour group.

Commenting on Wrexham Council’s proposals, Ms Griffiths said: “Whilst I appreciate difficult decisions must be made as the UK Government continues to impose its austerity agenda, this proposal is ill-advised and unfairly targets the most vulnerable residents.

“It will generate a relatively small amount financially for the amount of distress and anguish it will cause.”

“I have previously highlighted Wrexham Council’s budget for the upcoming financial year will be increasing after the Welsh Government confirmed local government settlements.

“As a result, I hope several controversial proposals will be revisited and reconsidered by the Tory/Independent Wrexham Council.”

She added: “I am disappointed with the Council Leader’s response which doesn’t address my concerns and I will continue to make representations on behalf of the constituents who have contacted me.”

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