Council parking charges and permits 'to rise up to 45%'

10 March 2018, 09:19

Motorists will pay up to 45% more on parking charges and resident permits as cash-strapped councils deal with budget shortages, according to reports.

Some councils are also bringing in Sunday charges that are likely to affect shoppers and those going to church, according to the Daily Mail.

The increases were also highlighted by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) think tank in February, which found 93% of councils were planning to hike charges to balance their budgets.

It comes as many households face an above-inflation council tax increase next month.

The increases are likely to anger many drivers, with complaints that parking charges are being used unfairly to generate additional revenue.

One 500-yard stretch of residential road in the borough of Lambeth in London generated more than £900,000 in fines in 2010.

According to the Mail, councils including Bournemouth, Brighton and Hove, Bristol City, Cheltenham, Dover, Flintshire, Leicester, Reading, and Thanet have quietly announced plans to raise charges.

Cheltenham Council increased charges 45% on 1 March.

Tory MP Sir Greg Knight told the Mail that the move could harm high street takings.

"The high street in many towns and cities is already under threat from internet shopping and higher parking charges could well have the effect of pushing more small town centre shops into liquidation."

Councils hit with big cuts to their central government funding are also considering increasing the cost of social and home care, waste management and planning applications.