February 9, 2012 Western Gazette – Yeovil
The introduction of evening and Sunday car parking charges in Yeovil has been branded an attack on the town centre.
Businesses fear the plans by South Somerset District Council will discourage people from going into the town.
The council wants to increase parking costs across the district and impose evening and Sunday charges at eight of its Yeovil car parks from April. At the moment drivers can park for free after 6pm but if implemented, a payment would be required up until 10pm.
Jason Livingstone, vice-president of Yeovil Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said Yeovil was being unfairly targeted.
He said: “The business community is aghast. Higher charging puts off visitors – this fact has been voiced many times, including by direct interviews with shoppers.
“We are concerned Yeovil is disadvantaged by our car park charging in comparison to other shopping towns. We feel it is an un-level playing field.
“The night-time economy is important; it enjoys no parking charging at the moment and is under enormous pressure.”
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