Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:35 am on 3rd February 2017.

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Photo of Kevin Hollinrake Kevin Hollinrake Conservative, Thirsk and Malton 11:35 am, 3rd February 2017

On the private sector, it is important that local authorities consult with the private sector, yet in York, where I first located the head office of our business, the council sold off lots of car parks and then raised the charges in the remaining ones. That destroyed a lot of the independent retailers in the city because, at the same time, it was giving consent for out-of-town shopping centres, of which there are four around York, and then benefited from the huge section 106 contributions flowing back into its coffers. It is anti-business in terms of the important independent retailers in our town and city centres.