PRO-MaSS says …
by deliberately restricting parking availability is politically dishonest
( Transport Committee for London figures: 1997-98 )
And by so doing :
"Nest feathering" Top
In October 1999, PRO-MaSS wrote to 32 of London’s 33 Councils.
We wanted to know what car parking facilities each Council provides for : Its Mayor, councillors and council staff. Also, how much was spent on leasing ?
Only three Councils replied : Newham (550 spaces) Croydon (240) and Ealing (473).
PRO-MaSS had found out that Harrow Council has 431 spaces reserved for car using staff. They even have a further 200 spaces for council "customers". And as at Feb 1999, the Harrow Observer reported that £645,273 was being spent leasing Mercedes, Audis and Volvos for 177 of their top staff.
If you can help PRO-MaSS with information for any of the remaining 29 councils, we’d be very grateful !
If councils really believe in Government policy, they shouldn’t just impose restrictions on everybody else but themselves. Let councillors lead by example !
In 1991, the Conservatives introduced "decriminalisation". Parking enforcement was given over to councils. Councils in turn could sub-contract to profit-motivated private sector companies. Many councils have done and are doing just this.
The "decriminalisation" process is working with a vengeance under this Labour government. In 1998-1999, nearly four million offences were clocked up. PRO-MaSS talks of "bounty hunters" being at work !
But, isn’t it the ultimate irony ?
"decriminalisation" – the process that’s making
law-breakers of us all !
PRO-MaSS’s principles are centred around :
( Central London, the ‘West End’ has to be an exception. Ten million or so tourists visit London each year. Central London’s shops are sustained by billions of pounds spent by non-car-using tourists. Long may this continue ! )
INCREASING PARKING AVAILABILITY:
HELPING MOTORISTS AVOID PENALTIES
Many things in London work well - without a Mayor . A PRO-MaSS Mayor would therefore be dedicated to "not" interfering
PRO-MaSS has just been registered as a Political Party.
We are not actively seeking members. First and foremost we are after votes. However, if you strongly agree with our cause you’re very welcome to join. We need 2000 candidates for council elections in 2002; and a good few for this May.
(PRO-Motorist and Small Shop)
PO Box 348, Harrow, HA3 0XW
Phone: 0181-907 2219