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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.

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