THE borough council cares more about raking in cash from the public than about promoting the town.
That's the view of Tory councillor Gareth Anderson after members of the Ellesmere Port and Neston Joint Highways Committee decided to impose charges on the car park on Princes Road.
Cllr Anderson said: 'Soon there'll be hardly an inch of council-owned land in Ellesmere Port where you won't have to pay for the privilege of visiting our town.
'It's a sad footnote in our town's history when the local council decides that it is much more interested in what it can rake in from the public's pocket through parking charges than in promoting the town and trying to support local businesses.'
He added: 'There is a lamentable lack of interest in anything beyond the council's own balance sheet when it comes to decisions like this and time and again Labour prove that what is best for local residents and businesses is way down their list of priorities.'
Cllr Anderson said the Conservatives had voted and spoken against these charges at both highways and environment committees.
He explained: 'We have always reminded Labour members of the economic threats facing the town centre and have spoken up for residents whose lives have been blighted since charges were introduced.
'We have pressed throughout for a residents' parking scheme to be free of charge and will continue to do so in future.
'Sadly, whereas some residents would have been able to use Princes Road for visitors, they will now no longer be able to do so. The threat remains to charge for use of small car parks throughout the borough.'