Cammy Day, Labor deputy council leader who is in a ruling coalition with the SNP, confirmed that a previous commitment to introduce a workplace parking fee will not be included in his party’s manifesto for local elections in May.
Leslie McInnes, in charge of Council SNP transportation, denounced the move as “an enormous pity”.
The council said it would hold consultations on plans to introduce the tax once the Scottish government hands over the power to impose such schemes to local authorities next month.
Employers will be charged for on-site parking spaces – in Nottingham the annual fee is £428 per space, or around £2 per workday – which can be passed on to staff.
Former Labor Council leader Mark Lazarovich tweeted: “I was disappointed to hear last night from @cllrcammyday that @EdinburghLabour’s manifesto for local government elections would drop the long-standing commitment to charge parking fees at Edinburgh’s workplace.
“Probably as a result of pressure to follow @ScottishLabour policy in this regard. A very retrograde move.
“It is completely wrong for @scottishlab to define local election politics in this way. We criticize others for centralizing politics. So is this.”
But Edinburgh labor adviser Scott Arthur tweeted: “The group’s position has not changed since 2017, but if the manifesto changes we will accept an update. We are a democratic party.”
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Ms McInnes said: “It is a pity that Edinburgh Labor accepted this directive from Scottish Labor, despite their previous strong support for the collection study, and that Labor was the first to present it to some English local governments.
“This is a policy that can help reduce air pollution and support sustainable transport in Edinburgh, as any revenue generated will provide funding for significant improvements.”