Councillors recommend 10p rise in Mersey Tunnel cash tolls from 1st April 2018
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The author’s wife has a Fast Tag for the Mersey Tunnels issued on disability grounds, therefore she does not have to pay the tolls referred to below.
Yesterday (at the time of publication which you can watch above) was the annual public meeting where councillors on the Transport Committee (formerly called the Merseytravel Committee) of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority made a recommendation on the Mersey Tunnel tolls (although the final decision will be made after this article is published by a different set of politicians on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority).
Wirral Council has four councillors (Cllr Steve Foulkes (Labour), Cllr Ron Abbey (Labour), Cllr Les Rowlands (Conservative) and Cllr Jerry Williams (Labour)).
Cllr Les Rowlands wasn’t present, which drew the following response from Cllr Foulkes, followed by an explanation.
CLLR STEVE FOULKES (LABOUR): The second thing I am shocked and amazed at, through you Chair, no disrespect to Les Rowlands as an individual. This is a big Wirral issue and I know there’ll be a debate about issues later on.
But I am informed, reliably informed, that Cllr Les Rowlands has not attended today, due to the fact he is on holiday. Now you can have your holidays any time of the year and as a Wirral representative, I do hope Mr Brace’s camera focuses on, no it’s not an empty chair, I think they’ve put a coat over it to make people think he might be coming later on.
I don’t know what’s going on, but to take leave of absence, when Wirral, an issue,
COUNCILLOR MIKE WYNN (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT): Point of order, Mr Chairman.
CLLR STEVE FOULKES (LABOUR): just I’m allowed to speak! Without interruption I would have assumed! I’m not going to presume what debate takes place later on. I have the greatest regard for Les, but I think, if he was having his holidays, this has been in the calendar for a very, very long time, when we do this and Les has been around an awful long time, to not actually be here to vote on the crucial issue, I think, you know it’s for him to answer not for me, it’s for me to make comment because I’m allowed to do so.
However, all in all, I think it’s a genuinely positive move in the right direction, a