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Parking machines vandalised in Essex village as concern grows over rising parking fees

It started as a row over car parking charges in the picturesque "Constable Country", now it's turned to acts of vandalism.

Glue has been pushed into new parking ticket machines, which have been installed in Dedham near Colchester.

Charges have been introduced at two car parks, Mill Lane and Mill Pond, but within days the machines were rendered useless.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard

Essex villagers scared that new parking charges will drive tourists away

Businesses and residents in Dedham are concerned at the new parking charges. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Businesses and residents in an Essex beauty spot say new parking charges will drive tourists away.

They've been in place since the beginning of the month and already the machines have been vandalised several times by someone unhappy with the changes.

Dedham parish council is to receive half of the proceeds to invest back into the community.

Jenny Pearmain fears the charges could hurt her business. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This year they'll come and they'll discover the parking charges," local landlady Jenny Pearmain told ITV News Anglia.

"Next year, they won't come. In ten years the High Street will be dead. The pubs will be gone, the shops will be gone and gradually the village will die like lots of other rural villages."

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Row over car parking charges

Dedham in the heart of Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A meeting is to be held on Monday night by Dedham Parish Council to discuss plans to introduce car parking charges in the village.

The beauty spot was made famous by Suffolk artist John Constable. Colchester Borough Council wants to introduce charges this summer.

The famous Constable scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

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