Parking Charges Must be Stopped

Column in the Barry & District News by Alun Cairns MP:

TOMORROW is the last day to write to the Vale Council to oppose their car parking proposals.

Readers will be aware of my position in opposing parking charges and I know many across the community are in disbelief that the Council are considering these proposals at a time of great uncertainty for local traders.

Coronavirus has created huge difficulties for local businesses and they will not be helped by these charges, which I have long argued will have a detrimental impact. Charges, coupled with this crisis, will be very damaging for Barry.

However, it’s not too late for the proposals to be scrapped.

I am hopeful that the Vale Council will now reflect on these proposals and agree that, in the current context of battling a global pandemic, our businesses already face challenging times. They must be supported as much as possible, or there is a serious risk that our local high streets will not survive.

Please make sure that you write to the Vale Council to object.

You can send objections by email to or write to Director of Environment & Housing, Vale of Glamorgan Council, The Alps, Wenvoe, CF5 6AA. The deadline for objections is Friday 19th June.