VOTES cast by Labour, Independent and Green members at the September meeting of Lancaster City Council's overview and scrutiny committee were potentially devastating to local businesses in Poulton and elsewhere in the district.

A proposal arising from the work of the Poulton area renewal task group - that could have led to business parking permits for use in residents parking zones - was rejected by four votes to three with one abstention.

Those proprietors and employees of local businesses, their clients, customers and suppliers, who contacted me on the subject of parking restrictions now know where responsibility lies for their problems.

It is not the first time that failure to listen to local interests has made a mockery of the council's consultation processes. In this case it extended to two of the city councillors for Poulton ward.

Cllr J. R. Mace, Poulton Area Renewal Task Group.