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Cardiff Labour Council's congestion charge plans affect whole region.

August 17, 2012 10:54 PM

So on the one hand we have the Labour party in a pretence of caring about the economy, and about the effect that the recession has had on hard working families, and on the other looking to penalise both.

I refer of course to the ludicrous idea put forward by Labour in Cardiff to introduce a congestion charge in the city, which will not only affect business in Cardiff but also the many thousands of people who live outside the city and travel in to work every day from all across the region.

I work in Cardiff Bay, and my hours and indeed place of work can be very flexible. It is not practical for me to travel via public transport from the Rhondda. Like the vast majority of people I have to cover my own travel costs to and from my place of employment - unlike the Labour Councillors who are putting this idea forward who can claim expenses to and from County Hall.

Now I travel 46 miles a day the cost of which is not insubstantial - I am fortunate that I have subsidised parking, but this still costs me £20 a month. Don't get me wrong, I am lucky that I have a job and one that I enjoy, but to add to the daily cost a congestion charge as well seems grossly unfair and will affect the residual income of me and many more people in the same situation.

Karen Roberts

(Letter to press)