Review into plans for rise in car park fees

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TRADERS in Emsworth have welcomed a decision to hold a review into plans to increase parking charges.

Charges were set to be increased, but councillors faced a backlash from businesses who felt the rise would put people off shopping locally.

It would have meant the introduction of Sunday charges in Emsworth, with a flat fee of £1 for any length of stay, while South Street, would have gone up by 20p for one hour, rather than the 10p in other areas.

Havant leader Tony Briggs has put the brakes on any immediate increase and asked for a three-month review.

‘Parking becomes an issue in the budget every year, it does seem to me that it’s not helping traders,’ he said.

Cllr Briggs has put Hayling councillor Andy Lenaghan in charge of the review and is hoping a solution can be found by looking at how other councils administer their charges.

Sue Treagust, from Emsworth Business Association, said: ‘Any increase in price of car parking charges is going to be detrimental.’

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