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Parking levy procedure 'flawed'

The consultation process into a workplace parking plan in Nottingham has been branded "deeply flawed" in a government report.

The Transport Select Committee document said the consultation had not made it clear if the scheme had got the backing of larger employers in the city.

Of 500 businesses that would be liable for the levy only 100 responded to the council's consultation.

The city council said the process ran according to government guidelines.

'Wholly incorrect'

Eighty-three of the 100 businesses who took part in the consultation said they were against the scheme.

The report said: "The council have no explicit criteria as to how to interpret or act upon different responses to their consultation.

It added: "The council appears to assume that the large majority of businesses that will not pay the levy did not respond because they have no strong views on the proposal."

The levy, if introduced, would mean employers with more than 10 spaces will begin paying up to £350 per space, per year, from April 2010.

Councillors said money from the scheme, designed to cut congestion, would help fund transport projects in the city.

The city council said: "The Transport Committee comment was made without knowledge of the full consultation process and the suggestion that the decision on workplace parking levy was determined on the basis of a simple majority of respondents is wholly incorrect.

"In fact, all necessary and appropriate steps were undertaken to ensure that an effective, widespread and comprehensive public consultation took place on the parking levy proposals, in accordance with the criteria set out in the government's guidelines for consultation.

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