Some Are More Equal Than Others…

Oxford City Council is consulting on plans to introduce parking charges at six city parks, with motorists facing charges of between 50p and £10.

But the council says people working at its depot in Marsh Road can apply for free permits to park at the Marsh Recreation Ground car park.

‘The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again…’

Saj Malik, who represents Cowley Marsh on the council, said he was “very unhappy” with the proposals.

Mr Malik said: “If the city council wants people to care about the environment and use public transport, they need to set an example – you cannot preach what you do not practise.

“If you don’t put a limit on the permits, that car park will be choc-a-bloc with council workers and there will be no space for the general public, which is totally unacceptable.”

Well, I’m sure the ‘savage cutbacks’ will soon reduce the number of council staff. Won’t they?

6 comments for “Some Are More Equal Than Others…

  1. July 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

    My local ‘authority’ has had an ongoing campaign to ‘force’ the motorist out of his car and onto public transport, bicycles and foot for several years now. Driving anywhere near the centre of town is a maze of speed bumps, chicanes, pinch points and raised pavements. It’s a nightmare. So what next? When some land close to the town centre becomes available, buy it – as a car park for council employees. They can now park within 200m of their workplace – free – while proposing workplace parking taxes for the rest of us. And what of this wonderful town-centre resource on weekends, when they never work and people need somewhere to park for town-centre shopping? Closed. Council employees only.

    They despise us and they don’t care that we know it.

    • David
      July 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      I’m afraid that shopkeepers need to get together on town parking charges as they’re the ones losing out when people stop going into town to shop. Councils won’t listen to ordinary Joe but they may have listen to businesses when the rent dries up.

      One way of sticking 2 fingers up to their designs to force people onto expensive public transport is for people to take it in turns in their area to do drop offs and pick ups into town centres, for petrol money. That way the bus companies – who mostly provide a fcuking crap and expensive service – and the council car parks are screwed. We simply have to take back control of things ourselves and stop hoping someone, somewhere, will sort it out for us.

      • July 4, 2011 at 5:49 am

        ” Councils won’t listen to ordinary Joe but they may have listen to businesses when the rent dries up.”

        Well, they don’t seem to at the moment – Southend Council seems oblivious to the closed and never-opened units in its brand new shopping mall.

        But if the ConDem’s plan to allow them to keep more of the business rates (and cut back on other sources of income takes hold) maybe they will have more clout?

    • July 4, 2011 at 5:47 am

      They don’t care because – it seems – there’s nothing we can do about it.

  2. sting
    July 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    In the early seventies, Sheffield embarked on a glorious scheme to restrict the car. Roads were closed off and bus gates and pedestrian precincts installed. Central to this, literally, was a new town hall. Some interesting Victorian buildings behind the Peace Gardens were demolished to make way for this new town hall. It was a vile structure dubbed by locals as the ‘egg box’ but which featured a great new idea: a huge car park underneath for council workers alone.

    Now Sheffield like many other cities had no problem restricting motorists. As the so-called ‘People’s Republic of South Yorkshire’ they were devoutly socialist. The council came out solidly behind the miners in the Scargill-fuelled dispute with maggie, though some years earlier the same people had severely neglected the Steelworkers in their strike though of, course, that wasn’t idealistic enough to warrant support. the steelworkers were simply the core of the city’s industry while miners, were, well glamourous even if there were virtually no mines in the Sheffield boundaries. (The stinky Orgreave coking plant, scene of Scargill’s arrest in his ‘lucky’ baseball cap doesn’t quite count)

    Anyway… plans issued by the council revealed that though ordinary people (the despised shoppers and other workers) couldn’t easily get anywhere in the city centre, one narrow and somewhat twisting route was kept open for council workers to be able to reach this exciting new car park. And these cars were needed: the architects had come up with a brilliant idea to utilise the heat from car engines. The paln was the heat of the massed cars would rise into the ‘egg box’ offices and thus reduce the demand for central heating.

    Sadly for the progressives, the idea turned out to be a huge failure. More heating had to be put in and eventually the council had the whole thing pulled down, some twenty five years after its expensive construction. The council-workers rat-run was, like other roads, closed off and the whole sorry farce relegated to the history books. At least, to the ones the lefties don’t write.

    But you can see the new buildings where the ‘egg box’ once stood from near the old town hall’s Winnie Mandela room. Which in itself tells you something about councils oop north.

  3. sting
    July 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Oop north should be oops north with several typos in my earlier history of Sheffield car parking. Sorry…

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