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Election Survey 2023 – Summary by Question







	
	

2. If elected, will you support introducing a workplace parking levy for large and medium-sized businesses in Greater Manchester?



Candidate
Party
Answer
Response
April Preston
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Amna Abdullatif
Labour (Manchester)
"Commuter traffic and parking is a major issue for our ward, so addressing it is a priority area"

Yes
Sam Al-Hamdani
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"This is really interesting idea, but would need to be delivered properly with actual support for businesses to get new fleet vehicles. The chaos of the CAZ means that there is a massive distrust of this kind of scheme and it would need to be very carefully implemented if it were to be both effective and fair. "

Undecided
Ahmed Ali
Labour (Manchester)
Undecided
Azra Ali
Labour (Manchester)
Undecided
Luke Allan
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"Following the conduction of an Equality Impact Assessment to ensure that underrepresented and marginalized communities are not disproportionally/significantly impacted. "

No
Kathleen Allen
Green (Salford)
"Bigger businesses have more of a duty to care for the rest of us."

Yes
Dane Anderton
Labour (Wigan)
"I would like to see a commitment in public transport in my ward and Borough with improvements taking effect before even considering something like this, especially during the cost of living crisis. Equally, can we achieve lower congestion levels by working with residents through education and raising awareness of multi modal journeys, incentive's for car share and alternative transport, before resorting to a levy? High revenue from Nottingham's levy means people are still using the car and it hasn't deterred many? Is revenue falling from the levy as should be expect if behaviour is changing? I would like to see more data, a full business case and a variety of options before the whole of GM is included. Will there be a government fund or requirement? GM is a much larger city region than Nottingham city council and thus scale and scope needs debating. "

Undecided
Stuart Ardern
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Whilst acknowledging that private transport to the workplace is a major contributor to congestion, this is a complex problem for a city the size of Manchester. For example, punishing those companies who are not well-served by public transport is not a viable strategy. The LibDems would prefer to explore incentives instead."

No
Renate Aspden
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jake Austin
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"At the moment this isn't a policy I support due to the lack of evidence of its effectiveness in an area like Greater Manchester, which has a diverse set of needs and public transport viabilities across the area, making it both a challenging area to implement this policy, and one where the effectiveness is not a given. I would prefer an approach that encourages changes in behaviour rather than one that punishes those who cannot change, particularly in light of the need to bring local businesses and communities with us on this journey. "

No
Jill Axford
Labour (Trafford)
"I understand this is being introduced at a GMCA level and I'm really excited to support it in Trafford."

Yes
Elizabeth Bain
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Rayne Barrett
Green (Stockport)
"Need to raise money another way and very unpopular."

No
Seb Bate
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Diana Battersby
Green (Salford)
Yes
Grace Baynham
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Currently the public transport within my area isn't sufficient to replace driving as an option. My priority would be to improve the bus services in my area, so people have the option to travel by other means. "

No
Leslie Bell
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Mathew Benham
Labour (Manchester)
"I have looked at the information provided and this is something that merits exploring further alongside improved active travel and public transport options. "

Undecided
Kobe Bibbon
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"I like that the money made from this scheme went to improving transport infrastructure in Nottingham however, I think more should be done to incentivice people to use more greener modes of transport to get to work. "

Undecided
Louise Bird
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Yes
Peter Black
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Paul Blinkhorn
Labour (Wigan)
Undecided
Steve Bowater
Green (Trafford)
"Have long supported this ideas, which has been successfully implemented by Nottingham CC, as a very quick and easy scheme to implement, especially compared to the long delayed / greatly reduced CAZ zone. The scheme also aims to reduce car journeys, which helps tackle pollution from vehicle brakes and tyres, a major problem that transferring to electric cars does not tackle."

Yes
Margaret Boysen
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Yes
Phil Brickell
Labour (Manchester)
Undecided
Garry Bridges
Labour (Manchester)
"I think ultimately we will need to consider this sort of action but I worry about the impact on workers given how poor our public transport system is. The transition to net zero needs to be done in a way which supports workers, particularly given the cost of living crisis. For too many people across the city, there are not enough reliable and affordable public transport options for them to be able to get to work. This needs to change. "

Undecided
John Bright
Green (Stockport)
"A levy would help improve the environment and public transport for everyone in Manchester. "

Yes
Gareth Brown
Conservative (Manchester)
"I would want to look into this further"

Undecided
June Buchan
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Grace Buczkowska
Green (Manchester)
"This policy probably makes huge sense in the city centre, but thinking of business at the peripheries of Manchester where public transport isn't frequenct and fast this is not as clear cut. If a major employer were to pass parking fees to their employees, this could mean more residential streets being blocked by commuters who might want to avoid paying. We already have huge problem with blocked residential roads due to the airport users and staff avoiding parking fees at the official car parks. Wythenshawe Hospital's plan to develop on their staff car park will potentially increase the problem. Shift workers, like hospital and airport staff might struggle to get home/to work at unsocial hours, so for some of them taking public transport or active travel at night will not be a viable option."

Undecided
Jacob Buffett
Green (Manchester)
"Lowering the car use for the city centre is a priority. The only way we would be able to achieve this is to focus on building up bigger and better public transport infrastructure."

Yes
Fiona Bullock
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Jon Byrne
Labour (Stockport)
"I agree with the principle of the idea, but like many of these things the importance would be the detail of the plan. I would not want to see the movement of carparking onto surrounding streets, for example, as a way for businesses to cut costs, there would also have to be a robust exception to the policy especially concerning people with a disability. I would also not want to see the costs moved to the employees."

Yes
Michael Byron
Green (Trafford)
Undecided
Claire Byron
Green (Trafford)
Undecided
Emma Cammell
Labour (Salford)
Yes
Brian Candeland
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Rodrigo Capucho Paulo
Green (Trafford)
"There should be a law against pollution. A levy is a law. A levy against pollution is a law against pollution."

Yes
Christine Carrigan
Labour (Stockport)
" I do support this initiative, however do think this has to be dependent on there being reliable public transport in operation in the first place. "

Yes
Rick Carter
Independent (Wigan)
Undecided
Noelle Caruso-Kelly
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Asa Caton
Edgeley Community Association (Stockport)
Undecided
Josh Charters
Labour (Oldham)
"I wouldn’t support a levy on medium sized businesses or businesses outside Manchester City Centre, I think the proposals put forward by the Mayor to place a charge on business vehicles within the city centre is a proportionate measure that would address many issues around clean air within the city centre."

Undecided
Kevin Chatterton
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Adnan Chaudhry
Labour (Bury)
Undecided
Geraldine Coggins
Green (Trafford)
"This is something we've been pushing for on Trafford Council since first elected in 2018."

Yes
Danny Cooke
Independent (Wigan)
No
Bryn Coombe
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Mike Cordingley
Labour (Trafford)
"Supportive of this but recognise it doesn't necessarily place the true cost of parking onto the user. The employer can (and to a large extent already does) absorb the cost into the labour costs of the business, so that actually all employees whether or not they drive have the overhead imposed on them. We also haven't worked out what to do with customer parking. Vast tracts of land are given over to retail and entertainment venues including sporting stadia. How do we recover the costs of that?"

Yes
Robbie Cowbury
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"While open to measures such as this, i'm eager to review the evidence, especially while things remain difficult economically. In the meantime, I fully back Stockport Lib Dems preferred approach for incentives instead of punishments."

Undecided
Gaynor Cox
Labour (Bolton)
"Needs further investigation, eg. potential negative impact on investment/workers salaries, alternative public transport options, ability to offer flexible working etc"

Undecided
Liz Crix
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Alex Crompton
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Majid Dar
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Will Dawson
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
No
Mark Devereux
Green (Bolton)
"Improved (free?) public transport needed"

Yes
Jade Doswell
Labour (Manchester)
"I don't know enough about this to make a firm decision at this stage although in theory it seems like a good idea."

Undecided
Alexander Drury
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Sam Dugdale
Green (Stockport)
Undecided
Benjamin Dundas
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Sam Easterby-Smith
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Jess Eastoe
Labour (Wigan)
"I’m a big fan of active travel ambitions and better green transport coming to my ward and home. I need to have a meeting with you so you can educate me on the above question, before I form my own opinions. I need to know more "

Undecided
Bernard Ekbery
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Michael Elston
Independent (Manchester)
"I want to stagger journey times so as to reduce congestion."

No
Shaun Ennis
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Undecided
Ummrana Farooq
Labour (Bury)
Undecided
Sean Fielding
Labour (Bolton)
"I agree that Greater Manchester would be a better place if there were fewer vehicle movements and congestion on our roads and would consider supporting a workplace parking levy to reduce congestion. However I am open to persuasion about other solutions and do not want to commit to supporting this measure alone."

Undecided
James Fish
Independent Network (Wigan)
Undecided
Rachael Flaszczak
Independent Network (Wigan)
No
Richard Fletcher
Labour (Manchester)
Undecided
Linda Freeman
Green (Tameside)
Yes
James Frizzell
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Anna Fryer
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Undecided
Amanda Gardner
Green (Manchester)
"Public transport and accessible "active" travel routes should negate the need for inner city parking - I'm interested in furthering on the Dutch "ABC" method of zoning areas of Manchester in accordance with their accessibility outside of car travel - meaning it would be less attractive to park inner city due to the wealth of greener transport options. "

Yes
Hazel Gibb
Independent (Trafford)
"Public transport has to be sorted out the line between Manchester and Liverpool that runs through the ward is inefficient I have said for over 12 years that there should be a mainline station at Manchester United for supporters and staff after a football match working had to be picked up as late finishing,"

Undecided
John Gillatt
Labour (Bolton)
Yes
Kate Gilmartin
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Hazel Gloster
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"Would need to understand the mechanics before a decision"

Undecided
Chris Gloster
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
Undecided
Luke Greenhalgh
Leigh & Atherton independents (Wigan)
"There could be a high possibility that employers may charge there employees for parking to cover this rather than come up with an alternative way."

No
Shelley Guest
Labour (Wigan)
"Again this needs to ensure that workers who are unable to access a frequent and reliable public transport service are not having costs put back on to them."

Yes
VICTOR HAGAN
INDEPENDENT REFORM BURY (Bury)
No
Thomas Hague
Labour (Trafford)
"Need to first implement better public transport infrastructure"

No
Louie Hamblett
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
" Public transport needs improving first, what is right for the GM city center is not always right for those with poor or no public transport."

Undecided
Philip Handscomb
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Joanne Harding
Labour (Trafford)
"Again, a hugely complex piece of work. We really do need to try and ensure that public transport and cycling infrastructure is improved in order to encourage more people to take active travel to work. Here in Trafford we are undertaking a piece of work around parking and I would be keen to see the findings of this. A parking levy would need to bring business with them and each area has its complexities. I am prepared to hear more about this though and will make links with colleagues in Nottingham to find out more."

Undecided
Richard Hardisty
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"I wouldn’t support this policydue to the lack of evidence for this being an effective measure across a large conurbation that crosses different boroughs like Greater Manchester with different needs and public transport options and opportunities given the potential hardship it would generate at a challenging time for our economy. A preferred approach would be exploring incentives instead of punishments and that way you get public support instead of the negative publicity the propsed GM scheme generated."

No
Dominic Hardwick
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Something like this would probably not be effective if done unilaterally in Stockport because a huge proportion of Stopfordians commuting by car will be driving into Manchester, so this would probably punish businesses (and their staff at a time when costs are rapidly rising) located in Stockport whose staff commuting would already have less of an effect than that of firms in Manchester. We would rather look at incentives to help encourage people to commute without their cars, and look at ways we can bring people with us to reduce congestion and pollution."

No
Chris Hargreaves
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jayson Allan Hargreaves
Leigh West Independent (Wigan)
"its a tax on work and will effect the working class the most, the working poor should not be hurt."

No
Garth Harkness
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"Public transport needs considerable improvement first. Buses in Saddleworth have been cut and the trains are unreliable. The levels of public transport are varied across GM. It would depend on the details of the scheme. "

Undecided
Julia Harrison
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Alison Hawdale
Green (Manchester)
"I would explore all possibilities for cutting car use and increasing use of public transport"

Yes
Roger Hayes
Liberal Democrats (Bolton)
Undecided
Glyn Heath
Green (Bury)
"I agree in principle but such a levy disproportionately affects the poor. Those with the most resources should pay disproportionately more so a scheme that makes the wealthy pay needs to be applied. Also Public transport is expensive and not fit for purpose. Cycling should be encouraged but older workers find it harder to cycle sevesr miles a day. Creating initiatives that makes life difficult for those with the least resources will not be popular and the public will be wary of green initiatives, which is not a good thing "

No
David Henry
Green (Salford)
Yes
Amanda Hickling
Green (Tameside)
Yes
Mike Hill
Labour (Stockport)
"I would be keen to introduce policy to improve transport infrastructure but a policy for one council may not be the best for others so I feel it would be wrong to support a specific policy without consultation. However the principle of reducing cars in the city centre is good. "

Undecided
Julie Hilling
Labour (Wigan)
"Travel to Manchester or other large centres is not always easy on public transport from outlying areas like Wigan Borough. Also, many people work different hours from the norm when public transport is not available e.g. health and care workers, transport workers, night shift workers, etc. In addition, some people with disabilities are unable to use public transport. I would want to be satisfied that the costs faced by employers is not passed on to already hard pressed workers and that exceptions are made for those who are unable to get to work in a timely manner by public transport."

Undecided
Deborah Hind
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Sally Hirst
Labour (Trafford)
"I think this will cause too much stress for local residents who live near these workplaces as people will just park outside peoples houses instead, it will also make it even harder for disabled people to work. I do however want to improve public transport and active transport to make it easier for people to travel to work in environmentally friendly ways if they are able to. "

No
Emma Hirst
Labour (Trafford)
"I would support this as long as workers are given time to comply and the correct infrastructure. Times are hard, and I would not want to penalise individuals - I would want workplaces to step up."

Yes
Jeremy Hoad
Independent (Manchester)
"Changing behaviour is best achieved by making alternatives easy, affordable and effective. I would be cautious about introducing extra local taxes that would be regressive and could penalise poorer people most. Action must be fair."

Undecided
Paul Hodges
Green (Manchester)
"Moving more people onto public transport reduces air pollution and helps support growth in public transport"

Yes
Jamie Hodgkinson
Independent Network (Wigan)
Undecided
Mark Hollinrake
Green (Rochdale)
Yes
Keith Holloway
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"We wouldn’t support this policy as things current stand given the lack of evidence for this being an effective measure across a large conurbation that crosses different boroughs like Greater Manchester with different needs and public transport options and opportunities given the potential hardship it would generate at a challenging time for our economy. A preferred approach would be exploring incentives instead of punishments and the acknowledging the importance to take the community and local business with efforts by the council to reduce congestion and pollution. "

No
Karen Hon
Labour (Bolton)
"I agree with this in principle but would like to know the definition of a medium sized business and if this is a zoned area. If the area is not easily accessible via public transport can the levy then be used to improve public transport to that area? "

Undecided
Nick Hubble
Green (Bury)
Yes
Lee Huntbach
Green (Tameside)
"This would provide funding to address the lack of safe walking and cycling infrastructure in the borough."

Yes
Mark Hunter
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"We wouldn’t support this policy as things current stand given the lack of evidence for this being an effective measure across a large conurbation that crosses different boroughs like Greater Manchester with different needs and public transport options and opportunities given the potential hardship it would generate at a challenging time for our economy. A preferred approach would be exploring incentives instead of punishments and the acknowledging the importance to take the community and local business with efforts by the council to reduce congestion and pollution. "

No
Khalid Hussain
Conservative (Bury)
"Many businesses throughout the Metropolitan Borough of Bury are struggling, particularly because of the adverse impact of COVID-19. Introducing further financial demands on businesses could impact on household incomes which are already constrained. "

Undecided
Lauren Hutchinson
Green (Bury)
"In principle this is a great idea however I would need to see more detail on how this is planned to be introduced in Greater Manchester to understand how well it addresses the root cause of the issue and whether or not there are any unintended consequences which haven't been considered. I don't have enough information on the proposed scheme to determine if it addresses a symptom or the actual root cause. For example, why do people choose to drive into work rather than use public transport? Is it because of time, convenience, lack of public transport facilities in their area, cost, provisions for the disabled community etc? It's vital that this is considered when developing a scheme like this. With regards to unintended consequences, how will the employers pay this levy, will they pass it on to their employees? To clarify, I absolutely support the principle, I'd just need more information on the execution of this initiative. "

Yes
DAVID JARMAN
Labour (Trafford)
Yes
Mike Jarvis
Labour (Bolton)
Undecided
Dan Jerrome
Green (Trafford)
"In January 2023 I put forward a successful policy motion to Trafford Full Council called 'A Parking Policy to Work for Clean Air and on the Climate Crisis.' This was designed to look at the Council's parking policies to increase revenue that could be re-invested into Active Travel, better road design and to support our Vision Zero motion. We also encouraged the council to investigate a workplace parking levy as part of this. This can be part of the solution that creates a road system fair for all - we will keep pushing for this."

Yes
Alan Johnson
Green (Bolton)
Yes
David Jones
Green (Salford)
Yes
David Jones
Independent (Rochdale)
"How many more taxes can be implemented before it breaks the camels back? All taxes on any business are usually passed on to end users one way for another, or wage rises are reduced in order to pay for it. Another tax on jobs in my opinion. I would like to know how many people were involved in pushing this idea forward? I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels most of these changes are done without consent from residents or businesses and so called 'consultations' seem to carry very little credibility"

No
Jilly Julian
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The complexities of commutes across and around Greater Manchester would need to be fully understood before committing to a similar scheme to Nottingham (a very different city area). That doesn't negate the need to address congestion and pollution, but it needs to be done in an appropriate, evidence-based way for the conurbation, local economy and community."

No
Mark Kenyon
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
Undecided
Richard Kilpatrick
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"I am in favour of this in principle. There needs to be more alternative travel options to some parts of the city especially the north and east of the city that is less serviced by tram links and cycle lanes. So more needs to be done to move model shift. "

Yes
Philip Kochitty
Green (Bolton)
Yes
David Lancaster
Labour (Salford)
Undecided
Gary Lawson
Green (Stockport)
"I believe strongly that Stockport should follow Nottingham's pioneering policy."

Yes
Deb Leftwich
Green (Trafford)
Undecided
Stephen Leicester
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jane Leicester
Green (Trafford)
"We have called for this in Trafford "

Yes
Simon Lepori
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
"This needs looking into at a Greater Manchester level, taking into account the large working from home status of a lot of employees, I wouldn't want business and companies to just pass on the charge to employees especially those on lower incomes."

Undecided
Steve Little
Labour (Trafford)
"The re-regulation of bus services in Greater Manchester with an integrated fare structure makes this a practical policy objective."

Yes
Joe Lynch
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Alicia Marland
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"There is further investigation and debate required on this issue."

Undecided
Jonathan Martin
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Alice Mason-Power
Green (Tameside)
Yes
Vicky Matthews
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Su Matthews
Labour (Salford)
Yes
Anthony McCaul
Labour (Manchester)
"I would like to see more details on how this would work before confirming a decision but agree with the idea in principal and would support investigating this as an option "

Undecided
James McGlashan
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Lee McStein
Labour (Wigan)
"Nottingham's improvements to its transport system are enviable, in particular, its tram network. I feel that a metropolitan borough's approach would need to be underpinned by a Greater Manchester-wide strategy first and foremost, being the city region we fall under. The impact of any form of congestion levy needs to be assessed carefully, particularly with our economic environment being very different to the Nottingham case study mentioned, being over 10 years ago. I'm personally passionate about seeing a rollout of better public transport connectivity to Atherton South and Lilford, particularly with cuts to provision following the pandemic. The guided busway could well provide a natural progression to expanding Metrolink connectivity, but bus service provision in and out of the city region is still poor at the moment for many residents and needs to be expanded as a priority."

Undecided
David Meller
Labour (Stockport)
"I have watched with interest in how the WPL has worked in Nottingham. The spirit of it I agree with but my concern is the cost will be passed onto employees and it could be considered as a tax on jobs. I certainly commit to exploring this in greater detail."

Undecided
Helena Mellish
Green (Stockport)
"So long as small businesses are not negatively impacted "

Yes
Mario Miniaci
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
"With suitable remote working arrangements, the parking is only needed by people who need to be present at offices."

Undecided
Meenakshi Minnis
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Undecided
James Morley
Leigh and Atherton Independents (Wigan)
"I believe Leigh doesnt have the public transport infrastrucrure in place to warrant this scheme at present."

Undecided
Charlotte Morris
Labour (Bury)
"I would not support introducing a levy that adds additional costs onto working people during the cost of living crisis right now"

Undecided
George Morris
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Kevin Morris
Labour (Bolton)
"I do not think this is a problem or issue in the town at this moment in time. "

Undecided
Tom Morrison
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Our preferred approach would be exploring incentives instead of punishments and the acknowledging the importance to take the community and local business with efforts by the council to reduce congestion and pollution."

No
Emily Mort
Labour (Bolton)
"With the introduction of the £2 Single Bus Fare and £5 Day Saver covering all Buses within the region we should be encouraging businesses to encourage their staff to switch to public transport where their job allows. In charging companies I believe further research is required in terms of pricing and that this should be based on the vehicles being parked and should be scaled based on emissions of such vehicles."

Yes
Dave Murphy
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
Undecided
Andrew Nadin
Green (Salford)
Yes
Chris Northwood
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"Subject to an Equality Impact Assessment to ensure there are no unintended consequences to underrepresented/marginalised groups/communities"

No
Maureen O'Bern
Independent (Wigan)
No
Killian O'Brien
Green (Trafford)
"The costs of the congestion, pollution and other damage caused by heavy traffic in Manchester is in effect a hidden subsidy to businesses and it is only fair that large and medium-sized businesses make a further contribution to dealing with these issues and that they are provided with further incentives to support other modes of travel for their staff and operations."

Yes
Liz O'Neill
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Chris Ogden
Green (Manchester)
"Workplace parking levies seem a great way of raising council funds and reducing traffic in the city centre."

Yes
Wendy Olsen
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Stuart Oxbrow
Green (Salford)
Yes
Michael Padfield
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Jihyun Park
Conservative (Bury)
Yes
Liz Patel
Labour (Trafford)
"A hugely complex piece of work which is deserving of a more nuanced answer. I have read around the idea and we are currently undertaking a task and finish piece of work on parking. Does anyone ever wonder why its just been achieved in Nottingham ? I believe the answers lies in the fact that really only one major employer Boots is involved."

Undecided
Adrian Pearce
Labour (Tameside)
"A stronger public transport system will need to be introduced prior to this objective being workable or affordable. "

Undecided
John Pearson
Stockport Fights Austerity - No to Cuts (Stockport)
"The Background Info says, "Nottingham City Council introduced a charge on employers who provide workplace parkig" but the Briefing states, "Furthermore, the WPL can be cost-neutral for employers, because they can choose to reclaim part or all of the cost from employees. 53% of liable parking spaces in Nottingham are paid for by the individual car user". Exactly! This charge will in all likelihood fall upon workers, who are not responsible for traffic congestion. THe scheme puts the cart before the horse - the public transport improvements, including drastic cost reductions and frequency increases are the way to cut commuting by car."

No
Chris Perriam
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Dennis Pirdzuns
Green (Manchester)
"Money raised through the parking levy can partly subsidise public transport in Greater Manchester. Companies from which this levy is raised can be offered existing and/or new discount rates for public transport for their employees."

Yes
Diane Plunkett
Green (Trafford)
Undecided
Laura Potter
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Michael Powell
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
Undecided
Brian Preece
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Shirley Procter
Labour (Trafford)
"As a disabled person, I need my car - I cannot use buses, and would have to drive to reach a tram/train station with no guarantee I'd be able to board the tram/train. I rely on on-street parking wherever I travel. First, we have to improve public transport in Greater Manchester, before we start to charge businesses - for example, the only way I can travel to both Salford Royal or Wythenshawe hospitals is by car or taxi; charging those businesses for providing staff parking would reduce the amount of money both hospitals would have to spend on providing essential services."

Undecided
Robert Raikes
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Chitra Ramachandran
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Sheila Ramsdale
Labour (Wigan)
Yes
Dave Rawson
Labour (Manchester)
"I have studied the Nottingham policy and believe that it is worth investigating further. "

Undecided
Shaughan Rick
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Rod Riesco
Green (Bolton)
Yes
Iain Roberts
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
Yes
Mark Anthony Roberts
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"I wouldn’t support this policy as things current stand given the lack of evidence for this being an effective measure across a large conurbation that crosses different boroughs like Greater Manchester with different needs and public transport options and opportunities particularly given the potential hardship it would generate at a challenging time for our economy. A preferred approach would be exploring incentives instead of punishments and the need for acknowledging the importance to take the community and local business with efforts by the council to reduce congestion and pollution. "

No
Luke Robinson
Green (Tameside)
Undecided
Scott Robinson
Green (Manchester)
"We should be encouraging people to use public and active transport where possible. Part of this will involve improving these options so they are the easiest choice to make. "

Undecided
Joe Ryan
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Ulrich Savary
Labour (Trafford)
Yes
Christopher Seed
Green (Salford)
"Any parking levy must, of course, be accompanied by improvements in public transport."

Yes
Will Sharp
Labour (Stockport)
Undecided
Pauline Sheaff
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Basat Sheikh
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Cllr. Richard Silvester
Labour (Bolton)
"If re-elected to Bolton Council, I will be making decisions for residents of the Bolton Borough only - not Greater Manchester as the question suggests, so the question is incorrect and inaccurate. There is not a problem in Bolton at the present time or any proposal of implementing a workplace levy for parking in the Bolton Borough. Therefore the answer is No as it an inaccurate question regarding the Bolton Borough."

No
Martin Skelton
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jane Slater
Labour (Trafford)
"This is something we will discuss in this next municipal year "

Undecided
Lisa Smart
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"I'm not sure the evidence base exists to support this but by instinct prefer incentivising behaviour we want to encourage. "

No
Quinton Smith
Leigh and Atherton Independents (Wigan)
No
Adam Smithson
Green (Salford)
Yes
John Southworth
Labour (Bury)
"The provision of workplace parking in medium to large enterprises could be taxed appropriately to the benefit of local public and active travel schemes. However, the impacts of this scheme would have to be fully assessed before proceeding with Nottingham to be used as an excellent case study."

Undecided
Hannah Spencer
Green (Trafford)
"We've been pushing for this for almost five years and strongly believe it would bring a lot of benefits."

Yes
Tom Stewart
Green (Trafford)
"This is something The Green Party has been pushing for on Trafford Council for some time."

Yes
Angeliki Stogia
Labour (Manchester)
"Nottingham City Council area is different than Greater Manchester, and the way that people travel for work has changed a lot since 2012, and on the back of the pandemic. I would be supportive of a feasibility study by the Council so I can make an informed decision knowing what the cost of setting a scheme up would be, what the benefit would be and who it would benefit."

Undecided
Gordon Stone
Liberal Democrats (Bolton)
"I am only standing as a paper candidate and do not expect to be elected"

Undecided
Owain Sutton
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Steve Sutton
Labour (Bolton)
Undecided
Paul Swansborough
Reform UK (Trafford)
No
Lisa Swarbrick
Green (Salford)
Yes
Howard Sykes
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"Public transport needs improving first, what is right for the GM city center is not always right for those with poor or no public transport."

Undecided
Sophie Taylor
Labour (Trafford)
Undecided
Cristina Tegolo
Liberal Democrats (Bury)
Yes
Steven Tennant
Green (Trafford)
Undecided
Linda Thomas
Labour (Bolton)
Undecided
Lynne Thompson
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"I agree that public transport should be the first choice where possible but it is poor in many areas. Also, it depends on the detail of the scheme. An office worker using a car just to commute is different from, say, a service engineer who has to transport equipment. I would want to know more about any scheme proposed for Greater Manchester."

Undecided
Andrew Threlfall
Green (Stockport)
"So long as there is adequate public transport for staff, and no additional costs are passed on to employees."

Yes
Ludo Tolhurst-Cleaver
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
"Looking at larger and medium sized enterprises first is a good start. However, I am concerned that even these larger firms would simply pass the costs directly onto struggling workers who may have limited or no alternative travel options. Such a scheme may require safeguards to ensure this does not happen. Since the pandemic, working from home has become more popular than ever. I would prioritise supporting businesses in retaining and expanding WFH and other flexible schemes which take the pressure off all forms of transport whilst making work more accessible especially for families with caring responsibilities and workers with diverse needs. WFH is under attack from the Conservative government and MPs looking to dodgee the blame for the poor state of public services across the UK."

Undecided
Steve Torley
Green (Stockport)
Undecided
Charles Turner
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"Decision for the combined authority of Manchester otherwise it won't work equally."

Undecided
Maria Turner
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"It is a decision for the combined Authorities of Greater Manchester or it will not work equally"

No
David Turner
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Lucy Turner
Conservative (Tameside)
"I was aware of this scheme, having worked in Nottingham & I am surprised it ha not been taken up more widely. Provided this scheme has not already been considered and rejected by Greater Manchester Councils, I am keen to see it being considered instead of a Congestion charge. I am keen to see public transport expand and the use of it expand exponentially."

Yes
Scott Turner-Preece
Liberal Democrats (Bolton)
Yes
Richard Tyldesley
Green (Trafford)
No
Dick Venes
Green (Manchester)
"Yes, provided the proceeds are specifically invested in improving public transport services and travel times."

Yes
Claire Vibert
Labour (Stockport)
Undecided
Debra Wailes
Labour (Wigan)
Undecided
Ashley Walker
Stockport Fights Austerity No to Cuts (Stockport)
Yes
Karl Wardlaw
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Samantha Watkin
Labour (Bolton)
Undecided
Dominic Wells
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"I wouldn’t support this policy as things current stand given the lack of evidence for this being an effective measure across a large conurbation that crosses different boroughs like Greater Manchester with different needs and public transport options and opportunities given the potential hardship it would generate at a challenging time for our economy. My preferred approach would be exploring incentives instead of punishments and the acknowledging the importance to take the community and local business with efforts by the council to reduce congestion and pollution. "

No
Jake Welsh
Green (Manchester)
"This is an important step to reducing car usage in city centres and town centres."

Yes
Michael Welton
Green (Trafford)
"In the absence of adequate central government funding for transport infrastructure, council's need to take bold steps to raise revenue themselves. A parking levy makes sense as it disincentives the most polluting form of transport, while making possible investment in more sustainable modes so that more people can make healthy and low carbon transport choices."

Yes
Pete West
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"It's not clear how to implement this across the whole of GM without the risk of hardship in some areas, given the differential in public transport availability between and within different boroughs. Availability and incentives for alternative transport modes would need to be explored first."

Undecided
Margaret Westbrook
Green (Trafford)
"Our councillors have been pushing for this for years but I do need to know more about this issue"

Yes
Luciya Whyte
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Anastasia Wiest
Green (Manchester)
"I just need to understand this a little better before making a decision."

Undecided
Jo Williams
Labour (Stockport)
"This relies on the towns/cities having good public transport accessibility. Just imposing a levy without ensuring staff have access to alternative transport is a risk to recruitment and retention "

Undecided
James Wilson
Labour (Manchester)
"I'm not opposed to the idea but it needs to be part of a wider suite of active travel initiatives"

Undecided
David Wilson
Labour (Stockport)
Undecided
Rachel Wise
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Annette Wright
Labour (Manchester)
"This is presently being explored alongside other measures to improve public transport and active travel. Although it would be useful to get money from such a scheme, I am not convinced that it is necessarily the best route to move towards a reduction in parking and therefore car travel, alongside an increase in active and public transport travel."

Undecided
Paul Wright
Labour (Stockport)
"I think infrastructure and help for cleaner vehicles has to be in place first. "

Undecided
Niall Wright
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Stephanie Wyatt
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Alex Wynne
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"I believe we should be offering incentives rather than punishments. It is important that we bring communities and businesses with us when looking at actions the council takes to reduce congestion and pollution. "

No
Matt Wynne
Edgeley Community Association (Stockport)
Undecided
aagash vadera
Green (Trafford)
Yes

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