A district councillor has launched a stirring defence of the authority’s car park policy and accused the media and ‘other councils’ of whipping up a wave of hysteria.
Coun Mick Harness, who represents Woodhall Spa, launched a verbal tirade at a parish council meeting last week.
He slammed Woodhall Spa parish councillors for joining forces with five town councils - including Horncastle and Coningsby - who are trying to force ELDC into a U-turn.
Coun Harness said much of the criticism was unfair and inaccurate. He stressed he had worked tirelessly to ensure the first hour was free of charge for vehicles using ELDC-owned car parks in Woodhall Spa.
He said: “The media - and some town and parish councils - are whipping up a wave of hysteria. They are to blame for a lot of this.
“Why don’t they mention about the first hour being free in Woodhall Spa? They seem to forget that.
“People can come into Woodhall Park, park for free for an hour and do their shopping.
“Has the parish council forgotten that? I am very sad to see they have put their name to a letter sent to the district council by other parish and town councils.
“I campaigned tirelessly to make sure a free hour was introduced for Woodhall Spa. I don’t shout about it but the time has come to saying something.”
Coun Harness said that much of the work he and fellow Woodhall Spa district councillor Craig Leyland did was being overlooked.
He added: “I am not looking for congratulations. We work very hard for this village. We bring money in. I spoke vehemently against the application to expand Woodhall Spa Country Park.”
Coun Harness went on to reveal ELDC was looking at introducing quarterly and half yearly parking permits.
He said he could reveal permits could cost less in Woodhall Spa than other towns and villages in the ELDC area.
ELDC increased parking charges earlier this year - and introduced them at other car parks that were previously free.
There has been widespread condemnation from residents and businesses in many towns and villages, ELDC stress their policy will be reviewed. Parish councillors in Woodhall Spa claim the charges have led to an increase in on-street parking and safety concerns.