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Sunday parking charges will hit Ludlow traders hard says councillor
8:00am Sunday 9th September 2012 in News
PARKING charges on a Sunday could be the final straw for some Ludlow shops.
This warning came from Councillor Graeme Perks who has warned against a proposal by Shropshire Council to introduce parking charges on a Sunday.
Ludlow Town Council is taking part in a consultation about changes to parking arrangements.
Councillors are backing the introduction of a single residents parking area to replace the existing red and blue zones.
“There should be one residents parking area that will enable people to move about the town to find a parking place,” said Councillor Jim Smithers.
But the council made no recommendation about Sunday parking charges despite a plea from Graeme Perks, pictured, that enough was enough.
“This could be the straw that breaks the camels back for traders in Ludlow,” he said.
“Parking is being used as a cash cow by Shropshire council and this is the opportunity for Ludlow to say that enough is enough.”
But Martin Taylor-Smith, who represents Ludlow South on Shropshire council, believes the town has done well out of revenue from the parking charges.
He claimed if parking was free it would result in a 4.5 per cent increase in the council tax precept.