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PARKING charges are set to go up and Sunday charges could be introduced to rake in an extra £180,000 for Havant council.

Councillors are discussing proposals to up parking fees at 14 of the borough’s car parks as well as Beachlands on Hayling Island.

The extra income will help balance the books at the authority, which has decided not to increase council tax for the fourth year running.

Proposals for Sunday and bank holiday charges – which would be a fee of £1 for any length of stay – are being considered as a trial.

Parking charges in South Street, Emsworth, as well as Wellington Way, Waterlooville, would go up by 20p for one hour, rather than the 10p in other areas.

Brendan Gibb-Gray, from Emsworth Business Association, said it would be a bad move.

He said: ‘I know why they have done it, but I don’t think they have taken into account the impact on shops and businesses properly.

‘It will deter people who are going to buy a loaf of bread and a few rashers of bacon.’

He was strongly opposed to Sunday parking charges.

He said: ‘There’s absolutely no proven need for wardens enforcing the regulations on a Sunday.

‘It’s just a revenue-raising exercise.’

Kate Turner, chairman of residents’ panel Havant and Bedhampton Community First, said it was fairer to increase parking charges than increase council tax.

But she added: ‘My only real concern is whether it would affect people coming into the shopping centres and I think Emsworth would be badly hit.’

Havant leader Tony Briggs said: ‘We will be putting in price increases over three years to help keep council tax down and that is what’s happening.

‘We are looking at each individual shopping area to see how we can help, particularly with on-street car parking.

‘We are looking at the amount of free parking we can provide. It’s a balance. It’s not just putting everything up.’

He added: ‘If you can afford to run a motor car, quite clearly you can afford to put petrol in it, you can afford a modest amount of parking.

‘They are very modest increases.’

No final decision has been made.

The yearly return of the increases would be £180,000, but this would be reduced to around £150,000 for the 2012/2013 financial year if the new charges were introduced in June.

THE PROPOSALS

Charges proposed to go from 70p to 80p for one hour, £1.50 to £1.60 for two hours, and £2.20 to £3 for up to four hours at Mission Lane, Rockville Drive, Greywell, Tidworth, East Pallant, Town End House, Prince George Street, Elmleigh Road, Palmers Road, North Street, Elm Grove, and Hayling Island Health Centre. Proposed increase of 70p to 90p for one hour and £1.50 to £1.80 for up to two hours at Wellington Way, Waterlooville and South Street, Emsworth, with new £3 rate for up for four hours.

New high and low season introduced at Beachlands. Increase of £1 to £1.20 for one hour, £2 to £2.40 for two hours. Free parking from November to February.

Proposed parking charges for free Bridge Road car park, Emsworth.

, with parking permits available for residents.

Sunday charges trialled at Wellington Way, South Street, Greywell, Prince George Street and Mengham