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Will rising parking fees kill our high streets?

Forum for Private Business’s Jane Bennett worries that rises in town centre parking will hurt local retailers

Councils could kill off high street trade if they hike town centre parking charges, a small business support organisation has warned. The Forum for Private Business (FPB) claims that in recent months local authorities across the UK have proposed hefty increases in the charges they impose on motorists for parking on both streets and in council-owned car parks. Areas affected include Burnley, Nottingham, Shrewsbury and Cornwall.

The forum says, in some cases, increases of 150% have been tabled...

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7 Feb 2011

As a former CPZ designer for LB Camden and 20 years integrated transprt planning, I already have concerns about the impact parking charges have on towns like Herne Bay. The shops are excellent quality and could have more customers I suspect if it were not for the existing parking charges. The nearby out of town shopping facilities don't have the same quality and variety but do have free parking. Canterbury has an excellent park and ride but I get greater variety of food, mensware and cookshop in Herne Bay. It is a shame that the regional facilities are ignored by so many. I think the existing parking charge stratagy has a lot to answer for.