Yesterday I blogged about the rip-off ticket machines in Launceston car parks which are still charging drivers even when parking is free. I mentioned that I had written to Cabinet Member Graeme 'The Albatross' Hicks for an explanation and apology.
Regrettably, Cllr Hicks has refused to provide either and has now set his email account to indicate that he is on holiday for the next month. His motto appears to be 'Never Apologise, Never Explain'.
He did, however, invite me to apologise on behalf of the authority, so here goes:
I am sorry that Cornwall Council has failed to ensure that it's ticket machines are working properly.
I am sorry that Cornwall Council has failed to take the needs of local shops and residents into account when setting parking charges.
I am sorry that Cornwall Council has more than doubled season ticket prices for our town putting jobs and businesses at risk.
I am sorry that the Cabinet member responsible isn't responsible enough to admit when his service is below par and apologise himself.