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Free parking could be scrapped in Tewkesbury town centre

Tew pay or not Tew pay? That is the question local residents are confronting. Credit: ITV West Country

The days of free on-street parking in much of the centre Tewkesbury could be over.

Gloucestershire County Council wants to replace time-limited free parking on and around the High Street with pay and display meters.

They are also proposing a permit parking scheme for residential areas on the outskirts of town.

Most of the restrictions will apply from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

There will still be some areas where people can park for free in the town centre but those (Chance Street, Cotteswold Road, Rope Walk, Oldfield) will have a maximum parking time of four hours without a permit.

Pay and display machine could become a permanent feature in the centre of town. Credit: Gloucestershire Live

At present, motorists can pull up and enjoy an hour free parking in much of Tewkesbury town centre to do their shopping.

But there have been complaints that the system is open to abuse and is difficult for wardens to enforce.

Those against the new proposals are concerned that paid parking will be bad for business and "kill off" the market town.

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The council says it wants to hear people’s views and gauge local appetite for the on-street parking changes.

A feedback questionnaire is open on the council website until the end of the month (February).