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How Bristol's parking fines quadrupled in 5 years

Figures obtained by ITV News West Country reveal the amount of money that Bristol City Council has made from parking fines, has quadrupled over the past five years.

Local councils have been criticised for the number of parking tickets they issue. Today the Government said it could force them to reduce fines and introduce grace periods.Here's our political reporter, Robert Murphy.

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Controversial parking proposal voted through

Volunteers with cameras could soon be patrolling a North Somerset High Street, photographing illegally parked cars. Portishead Town Council has voted unanimously in favour of the idea and will now work on a formal proposal.

Councillor David Pasley, who came up with the scheme, says he will write to the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, to ask for her backing.

FULL REPORT: Portishead parking row

Volunteers with cameras could soon be patrolling Portishead High Street to photograph illegally-parked cars. The pictures would be then forwarded to police. The Town Council will decide tonight whether to go ahead. Some drivers are concerned they could be spied on. Jane Solomons reports.

Some drivers are concerned they could be spied on but many residents welcome it as a solution to an old problem. Jane Solomons reports.

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Is 20 pence too much for parking?

Traders in a market town in the Forest of Dean say that relatively small parking charges introduced in the summer have caused a big problem for business.

Shoppers used to be able to park for free in Coleford. Now they are having to pay 20 pence for the first hour. It may not sound much, but shopkeepers say it's meant people spend less time browsing and buying. Ken Goodwin reports.

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