16 July 2007.
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Press Release

New Survey Reveals 81% Against Manchester`s C-Charge Plans
A team of dedicated Manchester Against Road Tolls (MART) members have given up their spare time in order to canvass the opinions of residents in 5 marginal wards in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Trafford.
81% of respondents signed the petition against the congestion charge. A total of 1577 households were surveyed.
ABD Manchester co-ordinator and MART member Sean Corker said,
"The Manchester authorities have spent £400,000 of tax payers money on glossy leaflets and American models featured in bogus case studies. Despite the huge propaganda campaign, this survey by ordinary people of ordinary people clearly shows that the overwhelming majority of residents object to the imposition of a congestion charge. Our survey proves that the council has failed its own key test of 'public acceptability' and therefore has no mandate to proceed with the Congestion charge bid. Councillors of all parties should be mindful that their first responsibility is to the people who elected them."


Manchester Against Road Tolls petition: www.manchestertolltax.com
ABD — Manchester Congestion Charge
Survey details:
"We the undersigned oppose the introduction of congestion charging in Greater Manchester."
Bury - Sedgley Ward
358 households surveyed, 239 signed, 50 declined, 69 unoccupied.
Oldham - Hollingwood Ward
199 households surveyed, 128 signed, 41 declined, 30 unoccupied
Rochdale - Haywood North Ward
340 households surveyed, 236 signed, 46 declined, 58 unoccupied
Stockport - Stepping Hill Ward
345 households surveyed, 236 signed, 51 declined, 58 unoccupied
Trafford - Timperley Ward
343 households surveyed, 227 signed, 70 declined, 46 unoccupied

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