Champion wins confidence vote

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MORPETH parking champion Charles Robinson has been given the full backing of business leaders in his quest to get a fair deal for the town.

Mr Robinson leads the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade’s Car Parking Sub-Committee and has campaigned for the retention of the town’s shoppers’ permit, as well as fighting moves to impose Sunday parking charges, increase the hours when fees apply and raise hourly charges.

However, at last month’s chamber meeting he sought assurance from the group that he is acting on its behalf after Morpeth town and county councillor Andrew Tebbutt suggested in correspondence that not all members supported Mr Robinson’s views.

The chamber gave a unanimous vote of confidence in Mr Robinson.

Chairman John Beynon said: “Charles always passes things by us before he sends any letters. He has our full backing and as far as I know he has the full backing of the chamber.”

Member Ken Stait added: “I think the work that Charles has done has been admirable. Getting the parking permit free from 3pm is absolutely fantastic and I would like to propose that we back Charles and his endeavours and give our whole-hearted support to his stance.”