Councils charging fees for parking solely to make a profit "is a misconception" as any money generated has to go back into the community, a Local Government Association spokesman told Good Morning Britain.
Any parking charges handed out on the street had to be spent on road and pavement upkeep and money collected in car parks "is used on essential services".
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