Another Rochford Tory quits group over handling of parking charges

Another Tory quits group over parking

Another Tory quits group over parking

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ANOTHER councillor has resigned the Tory whip at Rochford District Council over the introduction of Saturday afternoon parking charges.

Dave Sperring, councillor for Trinity ward, in Rayleigh, will no longer be voting with the Conservative group on the council and he will now sit as an independent Conservative until the end of his term in 2016.

His announcement follows a similar decision by Tory colleague Toby Mountain last week.

Mr Sperring was one of nine Tory councillors who signed a motion calling for the issue of Saturday afternoon parking charges to be reconsidered.

The controversial measure was passed by a full council meeting in January after Tories were ordered to back it and support group leader Terry Cutmore.

The motion led to another vote last week, which was lost by the rebels.

As a result drivers will have to pay £1 an hour to park on Saturdays from next month.

Speaking about his decision, Mr Sperring said: “It was not as a result of the vote, but ultimately, over the way the whole thing has been handled.

“I thought the whole issue was messily handled from start to finish.

“I have made it clear I am still a Conservative and will still be out canvassing and working for my residents.”

Mr Sperring spoke out before the vote on the motion, arguing Saturday parking charges would only help Basildon businesses to poach customers from Rochford traders.

He added: “I do not want to be put in the position I was when the whip was put in place.

“It is fair to say there were several of us who were disappointed at the way it was handled.

“This is not a rushed or overnight decision. I had felt this way for a couple of weeks.”

Mr Sperring was elected on May 3, 2012.

His decision means the council is now made up of 29 Conservatives, four Lib Dem, two independent Conservatives, two Greens and two Rochford District Resident representatives.

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5:13pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Mattster says...

Too late Dave, you had your chance to be counted and you bottled it.
Too late Dave, you had your chance to be counted and you bottled it. Mattster
  • Score: 7

6:30pm Wed 5 Mar 14

sunnydd says...

How crazy. You can shop in Basildon & Rayleigh using car parks that charge less. I live 2 miles from Rayleigh & choose to shop in Basildon particularly on a Sunday as free parking in multi storey near toys r us.

The only benefit of reintroducing charges on Saturday afternoons in Rayleigh will be
1) increased money for council.
2) Poor shoppers who may not realise charges have occurred & get parking tickets, more money for council.
3) Maybe the roads will be less congested, as the changes made in Websters way have caused nothing but delays for locals, also not to mention queues from passed queens road at times.
Vote with your feet ! stop using Southend & Rayleigh try Basildon, chelmsford or Hadleigh cheaper parking!
How crazy. You can shop in Basildon & Rayleigh using car parks that charge less. I live 2 miles from Rayleigh & choose to shop in Basildon particularly on a Sunday as free parking in multi storey near toys r us. The only benefit of reintroducing charges on Saturday afternoons in Rayleigh will be 1) increased money for council. 2) Poor shoppers who may not realise charges have occurred & get parking tickets, more money for council. 3) Maybe the roads will be less congested, as the changes made in Websters way have caused nothing but delays for locals, also not to mention queues from passed queens road at times. Vote with your feet ! stop using Southend & Rayleigh try Basildon, chelmsford or Hadleigh cheaper parking! sunnydd
  • Score: 3

11:36pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Pity it doesn't prevent the idiots who use the bars and pubs on weekend nights from coming here.

Gobs like foghorns and park all over the place. Either that or staggering all over the place or beating the cr@p out of each other.
Pity it doesn't prevent the idiots who use the bars and pubs on weekend nights from coming here. Gobs like foghorns and park all over the place. Either that or staggering all over the place or beating the cr@p out of each other. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -3

7:02am Thu 6 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

I would be more concerned if the council was encouraging more traffic onto the roads by reducing or making parking free.
Still want to know what the council is doing encourage other transport?
I would be more concerned if the council was encouraging more traffic onto the roads by reducing or making parking free. Still want to know what the council is doing encourage other transport? Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -1

8:26am Thu 6 Mar 14

rayleighrunner says...

I agree with Mattster. If Cllr Sperring was not happy with the way in which the matter was being handled he should have voted AGAINST introducing parking fees the first time round. He didn't. He abstained along with the others he mentions who were not happy either! At the time, they only cared about towing the line. Not about the people of Rayleigh. It's now too late. Cllrs Sperring and Mountain felt obliged to resign the whip because they know Rayleigh residents are sick to death of the conservative run councils. They will go back soon enough. I just hope people don't vote for them in May
I agree with Mattster. If Cllr Sperring was not happy with the way in which the matter was being handled he should have voted AGAINST introducing parking fees the first time round. He didn't. He abstained along with the others he mentions who were not happy either! At the time, they only cared about towing the line. Not about the people of Rayleigh. It's now too late. Cllrs Sperring and Mountain felt obliged to resign the whip because they know Rayleigh residents are sick to death of the conservative run councils. They will go back soon enough. I just hope people don't vote for them in May rayleighrunner
  • Score: 2

12:48pm Thu 6 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Pity it doesn't prevent the idiots who use the bars and pubs on weekend nights from coming here.

Gobs like foghorns and park all over the place. Either that or staggering all over the place or beating the cr@p out of each other.
You could always move Kim..flats or even counties..Its not like you're from Essex anyway so it shouldn't be too much of a wrench.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Pity it doesn't prevent the idiots who use the bars and pubs on weekend nights from coming here. Gobs like foghorns and park all over the place. Either that or staggering all over the place or beating the cr@p out of each other.[/p][/quote]You could always move Kim..flats or even counties..Its not like you're from Essex anyway so it shouldn't be too much of a wrench. ThisYear
  • Score: 2

11:25pm Fri 7 Mar 14

woolstone says...

I said before Rochford council is undemocratic, it bullies others to get the result they want, abolish the cabinet once and for all. All that will happen is people want come in so much and the traders will be the losers.
I said before Rochford council is undemocratic, it bullies others to get the result they want, abolish the cabinet once and for all. All that will happen is people want come in so much and the traders will be the losers. woolstone
  • Score: 0

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