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GSD questions plans for Coaling Island site, renews criticism of Govt traffic policies

The GSD has questioned “the apparent reclassification” of the parking facility at Coaling Island over the long weekend, accusing the Gibraltar Government “of a disjointed approach to traffic and parking”.

The GSD said the public was right to express “deep reservations” over the Government’s policies in this area, adding that many rejected the “poorly planned” road closures to come into force on June 1.

According to the Opposition, the latest development regarding the Coaling Island site underlined the need for an “urgent” pause to the Government’s plans and consultation before anything is implemented.

“The imposition of paid parking in the area of Coaling Island is only adding fuel to the fire and whilst we all agree that there should be less cars on our roads conducting small tweaks which result in the public paying for parking is going to achieve very little,” said Elliott Phillips, the GSD MP who shadows the transport portfolio.

“The Government appear to have little regard in this sudden move for those who are unable to use public transport or find it difficult to pay the daily parking rates.”

“The Government must rethink its strategy and take time to properly consider the significant impact that proposed changes will have on the public.”

“The complete lack of communication on this issue in the context of increasing widespread discontent amongst the public is creating a significant level of mistrust between the public and the Government and a full explanation in now required.”