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Shopper upset at parking charges
10:10am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
MALVERN Hills District Council is wrong to introduce charges in a car park near the town centre which provided free weekend parking, says one shopper.
The car park at the council office, Brunel House, off Portland Road, has for many years been used by visitors at weekends, when council staff were not using it. But now a pay-and-display machine has been installed and parkers are expected to pay up to £3 to use it at weekends.
Anthony Skelsey of Hall Green Close said he and his wife have used the car park for years while shopping.
He said: “It’s a little bit off the beaten track, but we used to use it, and so did lots of other people. Now that the council has started charging, people aren’t using it. Last Saturday it was completely empty.
“The council should be encouraging people to visit the town centre and support the local businesses. But if people can’t find anywhere to park, they’ll just go down to Morrisons where they can park for free.”
Chris Marks of Great Malvern Association of Traders said: “It is a shame this car park is no longer free, but with the council starting to enforce on-street parking restrictions, we hope this will compensate by making more spaces available outside our shops.”
Coun Bronwen Behan said: “We regret Mr Skelsey is upset about the parking charges at Brunel House but with the introduction of a new system of civil parking enforcement throughout the district, we had to ensure that there was consistency with all councilrun public car parks.
“Previously, without any enforcement, motorists could have left cars in the same space at Brunel all weekend, meaning other residents would not be able to find a space if they wanted to shop in town. While we understand that some people might object to these charges, it’s worth pointing out that parking charges throughout the Malvern Hills district are very modest and remain the cheapest in the whole county.”
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