Alongside Lib Dem councillors in Beechwood, we are fighting a campaign to finally make the Mersey bridge tolls fair.
Since the opening of the new bridge, tolls have been imposed on traffic crossing both bridges. Halton residents do not need to pay the toll, but in Sutton Weaver, Aston, and Dutton we do not qualify for the exemption.
We are fighting on Halton council for changes to the bridge tolls which would allow anyone working in either Widnes or Runcorn free travel across the bridges, to alleviate the burden placed on local residents who are forced to cross the river for work.
We are also fighting for an exemption for local businesses. Being forced to pay bridge tolls only encourages businesses to take their work elsewhere, damaging the local economy and taking jobs away from residents.
The fact that residents in Aston and Sutton Weaver are included in Cheshire West and Chester should not disadvantage them from using the local services closest to them. Better co-working between CWAC and Halton is so sorely needed to ensure that all residents get what is right for them, and can access the public services closest to them.