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Councils in the South West made more than forty million pounds from car park charges in 2011 to 2012.

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Traders say high parking charges discourage shoppers

Councils in the South West took £41 million in parking charges last year Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Councils in the South West made more than forty million pounds from car parking charges in 2011 to 2012.

In some areas, like Weymouth, traders say the high parking charges discourage shoppers.

The bill faced by residents there is more than twice the national average.

Councils make £41 million from parking

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Councils made 14% less from car park charges than last year Credit: ITV Westcountry

Councils in the South West made more than forty million pounds from car park charges from 2011 to 2012.

That's according to new figures. It's 14% less than last year. But it's a different story nationally, where car park revenues have gone UP by 15%.