AN ATTACK on Chester City Council's customer services supremo, Cllr Stephen Mosley, is due to be launched next week.
It will come in a motion to the full city council on Wednesday evening (October 8) by Lib Dem group leader Cllr Paul Roberts (Farndon) and colleague Lib Dem David Hull (Hoole Groves).
The councillors are highly critical of the effect of what they describe as Cllr Mosley's “management” of car parking on the Chester area and on the council's finances.
Cllr Mosley, who represents Handbridge & St Mary's, is deputy leader of the Town Hall Tories and the city's Conservative parliamentary candidate.
The Lib Dems will claim his “management” includes the headline seeking Free after Three policy which they say has created greater rush hour congestion on Chester's roads and substantially contributed to the administration's latest financial crisis without having any effect at all on business in Chester.
“The increased park and ride charges, together with the ill thought out proposed change to a parking charge per car at Sealand Road, which has clearly led to many users making alternative arrangements to the detriment of Chester's traffic and the council's finances, even though the Sealand Road experiment was eventually rescinded.
“The total failure of the price freeze on car parking with continued disappointing usage exposing the nonsense of the executive member's claims that price was the main cause of lower usage.”
They are demanding the Tory controlled city council should carry out a full review of the Town Hall's approach to parking and park and ride, involving the business community and other interested parties, “in the interests of residents and businesses rather than the self promotion of the executive member and his colleagues”.
Last week, the council’s Tory controlled Executive voted to extend Free after Three in Chester to March 31 with Cllr Mosley calling it an unparalleled success” and saying: “No other policy has achieved such success in the public eye.”