Anthony has urged County Councillors to back a referendum on the Cambridge congestion charge at tomorrow’s (21st March) vote.
He is supporting a motion demanding a public vote on the £5 per day congestion charge proposals, which is set to be debated tomorrow. More than 15,000 people have signed a public petition, which closed on March 10, backing the same call.
Anthony has been publicly supportive of the motion, writing to every County Councillor in South Cambridgeshire asking them to publicly support the proposals as well as to the County Council leader. His surveys have shown the vast majority of residents (89%) and businesses (84%) are opposed to proposals, and he spoke at the first rally in opposition to the proposals.
Anthony commented: “People don’t want this charge, but the GCP may well come up with a different plan from the current proposals. What they absolutely must not do is assume that any revised proposal will be acceptable to the people of Cambridgeshire.
“And yet, when I wrote to Councillors asking them to make their position public, only two responded – and one dismissed the views of 15,000 people as a ‘joke’. To 15,000 residents across Cambridgeshire, this is no laughing matter. If the council is, in direct defiance of democracy, preparing to settle this issue behind closed doors, I have news for them. Their residents will not accept it.”