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NEW parking charges that could be introduced throughout Portsmouth have been met with anger.

Portsmouth City Council is set to have a meeting to decide on charges for areas – including Farlington Playing Fields and King George V Playing Fields in Cosham, which are used by sporting teams throughout the week, all year round.

FEES The car park next to the King George V playing fields in Cosham where parking charges may soon apply. ''Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography

FEES The car park next to the King George V playing fields in Cosham where parking charges may soon apply. ''Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography

They will also decide on on-street pay-and-display meters that could be brought into play in the city centre, on the seafront and in Cosham.

The rules of the new parking and the charges will not be decided until the meeting, but they could be similar to nearby streets and areas.

For people who use the streets and the playing fields, the new decision is unwelcome.

AFC Purbrook manager Stuart Hill, 34, from Drayton said: ‘It’s a joke. We pay £50 to use the facilities, which are rubbish already.

‘The dressing rooms are poor and so are the pitches.

‘It’s terrible value – and now they want to charge us for parking.

‘It’s about time the council started giving something back instead of taking. It’s going to kill parks football.’

But teams using the pitches aren’t the only ones against the potential charges.

Councillor for Cosham, Aiden Gray, has said that if the new charges are agreed, residents will continue to struggle.

He said: ‘I’m opposed to these new charges because a lot of residents already find it hard when it comes to paying for things. The addition of pay meters at the playing fields is terrible and might discourage people to use them.

‘They should not be charged for wanting to go outside and be healthy and have fun.

‘The field has been there for as long as I can remember and is great for Cosham.’

Councillor Gray added that the council should concentrate on other parts of the city such as The Pyramids.

He said: ‘People are paying taxes and their money is being wasted on luxuries in the south of the city.

‘We want to bring more people to Cosham and the charges won’t do this.’

A spokeswoman for the council said no charges will be brought in until the cabinet meeting on September 26 where the decision will be made.

ON-street pay-and-display meters could be bought in on a number of streets in the city.

These are:

· Portland Road, Southsea

· St Helen’s Parade, Southsea

· Gunwharf Road, Old Portsmouth

· Dugald Drummond Street, Landport

· Bellevue Terrace, Southsea

· High Street, Old Portsmouth

· Clarence Pier, Southsea

· Lake Road, Landport

· Henderson Road, Eastney

· Queen Street, Portsea

· Nancy Road, Fratton

· South Parade Pier, Southsea

· Sevenoaks Road, Wymering

· Cavell Drive, Wymering

Parking charges could also apply at:

· Farlington Playing Fields, off Eastern Road, Farlington

· King George V Playing Fields, off Northern Road, Cosham

· Portsbridge Road car park, Hilsea

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