Councillor refuses to attend daytime meetings at Bury Town Hall - because he has to pay for parking

Bury Times: Cllr Jack Walton Cllr Jack Walton

A councillor has been branded “disgraceful” after refusing to attend daytime meetings at Bury Town Hall – because he would have to pay for parking.

Cllr Jack Walton, who represents Church ward, has not attended two meetings of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), in protest at having to pay parking charges.

The Conservative councillor has made his protest public, after insisting that the reason for his absence was included in the minutes of the meeting.

Council staff and councillors have to pay for parking at the town hall during the day, however parking is free after 6pm.

Staff and councillors can purchase a permit that allows them to park at any council-run car park five days a week in Bury, but permits cost around £687.96 a year.

The JCC meets once a month, and consists of council officers, union representatives and councillors, with matters regarding the terms and conditions of council staff being discussed.

Labour Cllr Luise Fitzwalter, who represents Ramsbottom, said: “I think it’s disgraceful. As a result of Tory cuts, which have lost the council 50 per cent of its budget and over 300 jobs, staff and councillors have agreed to pay for parking.

“It is an insult to officers that a Tory councillor is refusing to come to daytime meetings when they have to turn up and pay for parking, and it is an insult to his constituents.

“The irony is that this meeting is about the staff terms and conditions.”

Cllr Walton, who lives in Unsworth, said the system is flawed, and that he is not prepared to pay hundreds of pounds to attend day meetings.

He said: “We have not had a pay rise for three or four years. Fine, I accept that. We used to get travel expenses for attending meetings, I have no difficulty losing that. But having to pay £600 to attend meetings during the day is a bit much.

“The scheme is flawed. There are only six spaces at the car park for members and we have 51 members.”

When asked why he will not pay for parking just as council staff do, Cllr Walton added: “They get paid substantially more money and they are there from 9am to 5pm.

“We are having to pay the same amount as them for half an hour. I think it is a cheap gimmick.”

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7:34pm Mon 10 Feb 14

xBuryGirlx says...

What a pompous stuck up idiot! How about those of us that have to pay to go to the doctors or Bardoc how do you think we feel?
What a pompous stuck up idiot! How about those of us that have to pay to go to the doctors or Bardoc how do you think we feel? xBuryGirlx
  • Score: 15

9:06pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Babbar Divino says...

Take a bus
Take a bus Babbar Divino
  • Score: 10

9:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

xBuryGirlx says...

Babbar Divino wrote:
Take a bus
Some of us work for a living to enjoy having luxuries such as a car.
[quote][p][bold]Babbar Divino[/bold] wrote: Take a bus[/p][/quote]Some of us work for a living to enjoy having luxuries such as a car. xBuryGirlx
  • Score: 2

9:27pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DirtyBuryisgreat says...

How disgusting you’re not fit to hold PUBLIC office Walk or use your disability scooter your a joke
How disgusting you’re not fit to hold PUBLIC office Walk or use your disability scooter your a joke DirtyBuryisgreat
  • Score: 13

6:25am Tue 11 Feb 14

Babbar Divino says...

Get on your bike
Get on your bike Babbar Divino
  • Score: 7

9:35am Tue 11 Feb 14

shakencity says...

If his meeting is only half an hour long, he can park on the Argos carpark for free for an hour....job done.

If he's needed at these meetings and continually doesn't show, sack him!
If his meeting is only half an hour long, he can park on the Argos carpark for free for an hour....job done. If he's needed at these meetings and continually doesn't show, sack him! shakencity
  • Score: 17

3:10pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Ex Pat of Bury says...

No commitment to being an elected official then,don't vote him in again,a complete waste of time and an a**e.
No commitment to being an elected official then,don't vote him in again,a complete waste of time and an a**e. Ex Pat of Bury
  • Score: 11

7:19pm Tue 11 Feb 14

dominoman says...

£600, what's he want,a Rolls Royce taxi? How many meetings would he have to attend to clock up so much in parking fees.
I thought that councillors received thousands in allowances, use some of that money or use your free bus pass.
I'm just glad I don't live in his ward.
£600, what's he want,a Rolls Royce taxi? How many meetings would he have to attend to clock up so much in parking fees. I thought that councillors received thousands in allowances, use some of that money or use your free bus pass. I'm just glad I don't live in his ward. dominoman
  • Score: 6

3:52pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Mr. Marcus says...

Ah, diddums!
This silly councillor is having a strop.
Ah, diddums! This silly councillor is having a strop. Mr. Marcus
  • Score: 3

2:03pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Lostcause says...

Council Staff who work full time do get paid more than some Councillors, they also pay more taxes, car parking fees, etc. Cllr Walton, why not jump in your car, park up at a Metrolink station use your free pass (I assume your entitled to one due to your age) attend your meeting for maybe an hour, take the money for attending it and then reverse your route. If your not happy stand down and give someone a chance who has a desire to do the job. If you don't stand down, anyone in your ward with an ounce of decency should not vote for you. What do you do anyway??????????????
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Council Staff who work full time do get paid more than some Councillors, they also pay more taxes, car parking fees, etc. Cllr Walton, why not jump in your car, park up at a Metrolink station use your free pass (I assume your entitled to one due to your age) attend your meeting for maybe an hour, take the money for attending it and then reverse your route. If your not happy stand down and give someone a chance who has a desire to do the job. If you don't stand down, anyone in your ward with an ounce of decency should not vote for you. What do you do anyway?????????????? ???? Lostcause
  • Score: 3

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