Parking charge rise would be 'inappropriate'

AN INCREASE in car parking charges in Royston would be completely inappropriate , according to a councillor. The proposed North Herts District Council budget for 2009/10 includes the provision for £140,000 extra income from car parking compared to the bu

AN INCREASE in car parking charges in Royston would be "completely inappropriate", according to a councillor.

The proposed North Herts District Council budget for 2009/10 includes the provision for £140,000 extra income from car parking compared to the budget for 2008/09.

Cllr Peter Burt told last week's meeting of the district council's Royston area committee: "It would be completely inappropriate to increase car parking charges in Royston during a time of recession."

This view was shared by Cllr Fiona Hill, who said: "There is no way I could support money for this coming from Royston.


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"We are trying to get Royston back on its feet."

However, Barrie Jones, head of financial services at the district council, told the meeting: "The £141,000 will not necessarily be raised by increasing car parking charges. There are other incomes from car parks that we can look at.

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