Campaigners against the installation of car parking meters at eight Wirral country parks have failed in a last ditch attempt to block it.
The plan for car parking machines in Thurstaston, Royden, Eastham and Arrowe Parks was debated during a three-hour meeting after 21 Conservative councillors called the issue in for further scrutiny.
Parking prices were discussed having been proposed by the Labour group in a bid to raise extra cash to cope with Government cuts.
A planned £4 flat-fee to park at Thurstaston, Royden, Eastham and Arrowe Parks Country Parks was replaced earlier this year with a new proposal to charge 50p for the first hour, £1 for two hours or £2 all day following public outcry.
A planned increase of all tariffs by 50p was replaced with a 20p rise.
The changes were approved during a budget cabinet meeting on March 6.
More than 20,085 residents had signed petitions against the proposals.
During the call-in meeting campaigners heard how the figures in the council’s budget were a ‘guestimate’ amid claims that visitor numbers could drop by 30%.
Eight Labour councillors voted in favour, while five Conservatives and one Liberal Democrat voted against.
Cllr Stuart Whittingham, cabinet member for highways, said: “This council has to fill the £45m Tory Government cuts to Wirral.