Decision to be made over Cosham parking charges

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CITY leaders will meet over plans to increase parking charges at Cosham car parks.

Members from the city council’s traffic and transportation department will decide whether the hourly rate should rise by 10p to 60p an hour at car parks behind shops in High Street, Cosham, on Thursday, March 15.

Portsmouth City Council is looking to increase parking charges once it takes over parking duties from clampers, City Watch Enforcement, in April.

The public meeting is taking place because residents have objected to the plans, which have been under public consultation since the beginning of the month.

Free parking behind Salvation Army Trading Company charity shop and Totesport could also be scrapped.

Permit-only spaces will remain behind the Iceland store.

Margaret O’Neil, traffic regulation order officer for the city council, said: ‘Those who responded to the consultation will receive letters in the coming weeks. It will inform them that a decision about the charges will be made at this meeting.’