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Hopes map of parking charges will urge council action

A survey found parking charges were the joint top worry for businesses Credit: Westminster Council

It is hoped a new map which allows small businesses to log the effect of parking charges on business will urge councils to take action.

In a survey 75% of small to medium businesses said that parking charges were a major issue for small companies, equal to business rates.

A spokesperson for the FSB said one recent council to make improvements was Wandsworth.

Parking charges were slashed by 50%, this is something the federation wants throughout London, affordable parking to boost trade.

Spokesperson for the FSB said "some councils that have increased parking charges and moved to ticket-less parking machines have seen a decrease in revenue."

Councils urged to alter parking charges to help small businesses

Small business are urging London councils to re-think their parking rules, saying they are being badly affected by new charges.

The Federation of Small Businesses has created a parking map to raise awareness of how parking charges are affecting the income of shops and businesses.

A spokesperson for the FSB said this campaign is to send a message to council's.

"This isn't to name and shame the councils who have higher parking tariffs.

"It's to push councils into better practice to help London businesses thrive.

"In a recent survey we found 75% of London businesses said parking was a major issue."

The Parking map is beingused to find out particular problems businesses are facing. It is hopedLondon Councils who represent the 33 boroughs will make changes to help smallto medium companies improve.

Click here to see the map.