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50% Price Hike for Long Stay Comes into Force in Dorchester

Fairfield Car Park Dorchester

(Updated 7:43am 1st April 2014)

7:35am 1st April 2014

Drivers using Dorchester's long stay car park are feeling a pinch and a punch on the first of the month this morning.

From today it's going to cost you not £2, but £4 to leave your car at the market car park all day.

That's an extra £480 a year.

Alison Moore President of Dorchester Chamber of Commerce says they were hoping to get a deal for town centre workers.

"We were quite hopeful that for business people we would be able to talk to West Dorset District Council and get some kind of permit which would give them a good price - that seems to have fallen off the table."

But President of Weymouth and Portland Chamber Julie Cleaver is welcoming a reduction in charges at The Nothe, the Pavilion and at Lodmoor.

"At popular spots such as The Nothe , Pavilion and Lodmoor there will  be a one hour rate of just 50p which is sure to be popular with visitors who just want a quick visit ,walk or drink in a cafe . Previously in these car parks you'd have had to pay between £2 and £3 for a minimum two hour stay so we think this should be pretty popular."

"All day charges in many parks are now available at £5 whereas previously they would have been £7 or more."

"Most other charges have also been reduced and free overnight parking is to continue throughout the year from 6pm to 9.30am which will no doubt be beneficial to the night time economy."

"We think this is great news for the borough and hope that people will see this as a great opportunity to shop local and support local businesses."

Tell us what you think of the new charges.

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