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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.
Traders in a market town in the Forest of Dean say that parking charges introduced in the summer have been a disaster for business.
Shoppers used to be able to park free but now they are having to pay. Shopkeepers say that means people spend less time browsing and spending.
We asked motorists what they think of the parking charges...
Brian Robinson, Deputy Leader of Forest of Dean District Council, says that the parking charges are modest but they are listening to what traders say.
Lisa Williams, who runs the Bootylicious shop in Coleford, says that amid the recession, the introduction of parking charges was the last straw.
Traders in the Forest of Dean claim that parking charges introduced over the summer are ruining their businesses.
Previously, parking in towns like Lydney and Coleford was free. Now shoppers pay 20p for the first hour.
Shop owners say it means people are no longer browsing, which is bad for business.
Parking enforcement in Gloucestershire is to be run by a private company rather than the six district councils. The county council is inviting interested parties to bid to run the service. The decision should be made by December. It says it would not be a money-making scheme.
New town centre parking arrangements in Weston-super-Mare are expected to get the go ahead. North Somerset Council wants to introduce an on-street pay and display parking scheme to improve shoppers access to the town centre. They also plan to reduce some off street car parking charges.
New parking rules come into effect in the Suffolks area of Cheltenham today. The new restrictions include permit holder parking, pay and display bays and some free parking spots for up to two hours. They were drawn up in consultation with local residents and traders.
The changes are designed to increase the turnover of spaces near the shops and to make it easier for people to find a space.