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Council Considers Plans To Cut Parking Charges

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8:16am 2nd July 2013

Plans to cut parking charges in Weymouth and Portland by 60% will be discussed by the Borough Council's management committee this morning (2nd July).

They'll also be looking at removing free spaces from the Custom House Quay.

The move comes after a report found people were spending less time parked in the town after prices rose in 2008.

The average visitor stay dropped by around 35% across long and short stay car parks.

Wessex FM spoke to Mark Blunden, President of Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce, who supports the plans. He said, "A lot of people see it almost as a surcharge when they're charged a lot of money to come into town. So, this reduction is something that we welcome at the Chamber. Clearly, there are going to be some bits that certain members of the business committee don't agree with and we've asked those people to take those issues up with the Council independently."

But there have been objections from traders at plans to remove free spaces from around the harbour.

Mr Blunden says:  "A lot of the traffic, I think about a third of it coming round there, is what they call searching traffic where people are looking for a free space. What they believe and I tend to agree, is if the spaces in town were cheaper than people would park there rather than look for a free space."

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