Should your County Council spend money on a new car park when there are so many cuts to essential services because of lack of funds?
There’s a lot going on right now. So the timing of spending this on county hall parking together with £2.7m on the council chamber is a little, well, odd.We’re far from convinced that apart from anything else, the need in these post lockdown times is proven. County hall staff are still working remotely, efficiently, effectively, cost effectively and in terms of mileage and carbon emissions, cheaper. There is no doubt a lot of staff will need to return to county hall and parking is an issue.But the notion being pursued by Norfolk Tories that squashing loads more staff into county hall that requires a couple of hundred extra parking spaces deserves to be questioned. Where is the evidence?Staff shouldn’t be impeded in doing their jobs – heaven knows ten years of austerity and a pandemic have proven they deserve support, even sympathy, rather than anything that sounds like criticism.So Brenda Jones, who has been supporting the residents case against the construction, has tabled this question to Cabinet next Monday. If there is an answer it should have been public already – so look out for smoke, mirrors, deflection, distraction and the prospect of an unevidenced assertion of benefits. Normal for Tory Norfolk.‘What evaluation and assessment has been done of the numbers of staff that need to be based at county hall and their modes of travel to and from the campus given the experience of remote working, taking account of operational effectiveness, overall costs and impact on carbon emissions?’
You can sign a petition against the construction here: https://norfolkcc.cmis.uk.com/norfolkcc/ePetitions/tabid/96/ID/52/Do-not-spend-any-public-money-on-providing-further-car-parking-spaces-at-County-Hall-but-on-projects-benefiting-the-front-line-public-services-which-the-County-Council-has-severely-cut-back.aspx