Reading's LibDem/Tory coalition council has found a new way to fleece us and write a new chapter in it's ignominious transport and planning history.
Having learned nothing from past bonkers ideas, from the One Way IDR right up to the current Shinfield Road fiasco, now they will introduce Pay & Display parking across much of the town.
But any thought that this new scheme depends on the outcome of a public consultation is completely wrong. It's a sham consultation.
1. The Tories said they would do it before that last election and the LibDems are dutifully obliging them.
2. They have already started with pay machines due to land in the Oxford Road in a couple of weeks time.
3. It's not listed on the RBC website consulation page, which boasts "If we are planning to do something in your community or across the Borough, we need your feedback. In this section of the site, you'll find all the current consultations that you can give us your opinion." As I post this, it's not there.
In Redlands the council recently rejected an application for a new car park at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, despite the fact that the need for another has long been identified by RBC.
Instead Cllr Willis has said "a review of parking in the area round the hospital was already under way". In other words, RBH can't have a car park, but RBC will make money from introducing pay and display parking in residential streets surrounding the hospital. Let me be clear, this is where I live - and I believe it's already been decided.
And how many of our silent local LibDem ward councillors will be affected by these changes in Redlands? None.