Sheffield Greens disappointed at council vote to block funds for transport

Green Party councillors have expressed disappointment after Labour and Lib Dem councillors joined forces to block discussion of a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) in Sheffield.

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Green Party councillors have expressed disappointment after Labour and LibDem councillors joined forces to block discussion of a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) in Sheffield.

A WPL is a charge on larger employers – not workers – to support a reduction in commuting by car.

Labour and Lib Dem Councillors also voted against a residential parking scheme in Park Hill and in favour of free City Centre parking for EV drivers.

Cllr Christine Gilligan Kubo, Green lead on the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Change Committee, said: “Our suggestion to add a feasibility study for a WPL to the committee’s workplan was blocked by a coalition of Labour and LibDem councillors. This means the committee will not be able to spend time even discussing whether it could work in Sheffield as well as it has in Nottingham.

“Nottingham City Council raise millions of pounds per year for improvement in public transport, walking and cycling schemes, and even secured an extension to the tram network.

Cllr Alexi Dimond from Gleadless Valley added: "Throughout the meeting, Labour and Lib Dems blocked important measures to tackle the climate emergency, road safety and inequality, in favour of retaining free parking for motorists."

Cllr Gilligan Kubo continued: “At the heart of this is unfairness. Many large employers give perks to those staff who drive to work but never think about subsidising bus fares for the staff who are often on lower wages.

“A WPL changes this by applying a charge to free parking in larger workplaces. Why should people who don’t have cars have to pay to get to work whereas car owners get their commute subsidised?

“It’s also crystal clear Labour and Lib Dem councillors don’t support the city’s climate ambitions. 

“As well as encouraging people working in the city centre to think about alternative forms of transport, a WPL also raises substantial sums of money for improvements to public transport which are desperately needed in Sheffield."