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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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Charges bad for business

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.

New parking charges for Forest of Dean Credit: ITV West
Car park in Coleford Credit: ITV West

Private firm to oversee parking in Gloucestershire

A private firm is being brought in to oversee on-street parking in Gloucestershire Credit: ITV West

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 scheme in Weston-super-Mare

Weston-super-Mare's beach Credit: ITV West

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 in Cheltenham

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.

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