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Businesses from Peterborough have been signing up to an online petition against the controversial Workplace Parking Levy in a bid to influence the conclusions of a Government consultation into the proposals which has now drawn to a close.

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Over 6,000 businesses from across the UK have already signed up to the petition which was highlighted by the Chief Executive of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce in the March edition of the organisation’s monthly magazine.

John Bridge OBE, Chief Executive of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, said: “Our national counterpart the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) recently launched this national petition on its website, demanding that the Secretary of State rejects the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) which Nottingham City Council has applied to introduce. We believe this levy, which could see businesses pay up to £350 per car parking space to the local authority, could set an untimely precedent when businesses across the UK are already facing growing economic pressures. This additional stealth tax will do nothing to assist the recovery period.”

The WPL will require all businesses to register workplace parking spaces, which according to the Chamber of Commerce will prove burdensome to SMEs who are already feeling the pressure of red tape and regulations. However businesses with ten spaces or more will also suffer a financial set-back because each parking space will have to be paid for. The proposed levy would start at £185 in 2010, but will rise to £350 by 2014 based on the Nottingham blueprint.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has calculated that if every eligible council covered by the consultation adopted the WPL then businesses would be left with huge costs amounting to £3.4 billion.

Today the BCC has written to the Transport Secretary on behalf of Chamber members across the UK outlining the organisation’s serious objections to the scheme. In the letter, David Frost, Director General of the BCC, disputes the congestion-busting aims of the WPL and refers to the significant public support for the BCC’s online petition against the WPL, calling on Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon to scrap the scheme altogether.

March 2009 - Peterborough UK Community Website




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