Legal bid to block Sunday car park charges in Chichester

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CHICHESTER residents have threatened to use obscure laws to block car parking charges from being introduced in the city on Sundays.

Andrew Hooper and five others have called a parish meeting to allow residents the chance to vote on a parish poll on the new parking charges, which Chichester District Council has planned to come into effect from April next year.

Uniquely only people living in the ‘parish’ – Chichester – can vote in the poll, which excludes some council representatives – such as the mayor, Cllr Tony French, who lives outside of the city.

But a council spokesman said: ‘The result of a parish poll is not binding on the city or the district council. The poll has no power to change decisions made by other organisations.’