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New political party in Nottingham would scrap Workplace Parking Levy

Launching its manifesto on March 20, the party made a series of pledges, including stopping investing in properties outside the city.

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A new political party for Nottingham has pledged to remove the controversial workplace parking levy and cut allowances paid to councillors.

Set up last year, the Nottingham Independent Party will be contesting for seats at the upcoming local elections on Thursday, May 2.

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Launching its manifesto on March 20, the party made a series of pledges, including stopping investing in properties outside the city.

Currently, Nottingham City Council owns buildings as far afield as Newcastle and Birmingham.

The authority, currently controlled by the Labour Party, said it profits from these investments because the rent it receives is higher than the interest on the loans it used to buy them.

But the Nottingham Independents says it will scrap the practice.

Founded last year by former UKIP supporter Francesco Lari, it hopes to stand candidates in several wards across the city in May’s election. It is not yet known where they will stand, or how many candidates they will put forward.

Other proposals set out in the manifesto include increasing collaboration with the police, building more council housing, providing two hours of free parking in the city to help business, and new wardens to tackle dog fouling and litter louts.

Currently, Labour holds all but three of the 55 seats on the council, with the Conservative Party holding the remaining three.

Nottingham Labour launched its manifesto last month, promising to “restore Nottingham’s status as a great shopping city”, and set up two new council-owned companies – a social care firm, and a publicly-owned bailiff service, as well as more than 200 other pledges.

The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are expected to launch their own manifestos in the coming weeks.

On the launch of its manifesto, the Nottingham Independents said: “In the current times there is a feeling that the national parties are failing to deliver. Yet people are interested in the local area where they live, and services and attention to the community is degrading.

“We are putting forward candidates that are focused in the local community where they live or work, and with a proven track record in doing community work.

“Our Nottingham Independent manifesto contains what the voters told us were their issues on the doorsteps.”

In recent weeks, politicians in both Glasgow and Leicester have floated the idea of creating a workplace parking levy in their own cities.

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