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Agenda item

Notice of Motion given by Councillor Ian Auckland

That this Council:-

 

(a)       recognises the vital importance to local retail business in the City Centre and District Shopping Centres, of the Christmas Trading period;

 

(b)       notes nearby competing shopping centres such as Rotherham and Chesterfield are offering free car parking incentives in the run up to Christmas;

 

(c)        therefore calls on the Administration to offer free Christmas Parking incentives applicable to the City Centre and district centres, during the forthcoming Festive Season; and

 

(d)       believes that this can be financed this year by using savings made during the recent industrial action.

Minutes:

 

Free Car Parking During the Christmas Trading Period

 

 

 

It was moved by Councillor Ian Auckland, seconded by Councillor Richard Shaw, that this Council:-

 

 

 

(a)       recognises the vital importance to local retail business in the City Centre and District Shopping Centres, of the Christmas Trading period;

 

(b)       notes nearby competing shopping centres such as Rotherham and Chesterfield are offering free car parking incentives in the run up to Christmas;

 

(c)        therefore calls on the Administration to offer free Christmas Parking incentives applicable to the City Centre and district centres, during the forthcoming Festive Season; and

 

(d)       believes that this can be financed this year by using savings made during the recent industrial action.

 

 

 

Whereupon, it was moved by Councillor Leigh Bramall, seconded by Councillor Jayne Dunn, as an amendment, that the Motion now submitted be amended by the deletion of paragraphs (c) and (d) and the addition of a new paragraph (c) as follows:-

 

 

 

(c)        therefore welcomes the article in last week’s Star newspaper, ‘Sheffield will have free parking in festive countdown’ and looks forward to the details of the scheme being announced shortly.

 

 

 

On being put to the vote, the amendment was carried.

 

 

 

It was then moved by Councillor Colin Ross, seconded by Councillor Martin Smith, as a further amendment, that the Motion now submitted be amended by:-

 

 

 

1.         the deletion of paragraph (c) and the addition of a new paragraph (c) as follows:-

 

 

 

(c)     welcomes the reported announcement by the Administration that car parking incentives will be offered in the run up to Christmas, but believes that dither and delay once more points to their "anti-car" attitude;

 

 

 

2.         the addition of a new paragraph (e) as follows:-

 

 

 

(e)     notes that there are only 49 shopping days to Christmas!

 

 

 

On being put to the vote, the amendment was negatived.

 

 

 

The original Motion, as amended, was then put as a Substantive Motion in the following form and carried:-

 

 

 

RESOLVED:  That this Council:-

 

 

 

(a)       recognises the vital importance to local retail business in the City Centre and District Shopping Centres, of the Christmas Trading period;

 

(b)       notes nearby competing shopping centres such as Rotherham and Chesterfield are offering free car parking incentives in the run up to Christmas; and

 

(c)       therefore welcomes the article in last week’s Star newspaper, ‘Sheffield will have free parking in festive countdown’ and looks forward to the details of the scheme being announced shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

(Note: Councillors Jillian Creasy, Robert Murphy, Sarah Jane Smalley and Brian Webster voted for paragraphs (a) and (b) and against paragraph (c) of the Substantive Motion and asked for this to be recorded.)