AROUND 600 letters of objection will be handed into Solihull Council against proposals to introduce parking charges to Shirley.
Among those speaking against the plans to start charging shoppers in certain areas of the town are voluntary workers, retailers and ‘out of town’ shoppers.
Members of Solihull Ratepayers’ Association have been out in force in the centre over the last two weeks, collecting objection letters to hand to the council this week.
Secretary Trevor Eames said: “We have had an overwhelming response from people who have raised issues we haven’t thought about.
“There are a number of charity workers who already have to pay for their petrol to travel here - they think it is unfair to be expected to pay parking charges for working for free for the community.”
Mr Eames said the town has been ‘unusually quiet’ in recent weeks since the closure of the British Legion’s all-day car park.
Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said last week: “We have been monitoring the situation since the British Legion car park closed and there are still spaces available in the adjoining car parking areas .
“The temporary three hour free and display arrangements to support local retailers, proposed at the Iceland and Aldi car parks will not come into effect until the temporary car park opens.”
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