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  • "The meeting went something like this. So, footfall in all our towns is continuing to fall inexplicably. People say it's because we keep putting the parking charges up. What do we think? "Dunno", "ooh my shoes are shiny", *gallic shrug*, "We could increase parking charges?". Brilliant idea, Dave! That's settled then. What's on the menu for my taxpayer paid for dinner this evening?

    Wait, we have to think of a solution for people parking on residential streets instead of using the town car parks. What do we think? "My shoes really are very shiny", "We could charge the residents to park?". Dave, you're on fire tonight. First round is on me. Make sure I get a receipt though for expenses.

    "That could work at the hospital. Those money grabbers are forcing people to park on residential streets there too by over charging sick people to park. Parking permits for residents would be a cracking little earner" Dave, I think you're channelling the gods."
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Parking charges to rise by ten per cent in Dudley

First published in News

PARKING charges in Dudley are set to rise by ten per cent, council bosses have confirmed.

The price increases were approved by Dudley Council’s cabinet committee on February 12 as part of a £34million package of cuts that will hit council services over the next three years.

Transport chiefs are still working on exactly what the new charges will be; they say the new tariffs will be determined by new pay and display machines which are due to replace 52 outdated machines on car parks across the borough.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, Dudley’s cabinet member for transportation, said: "We are looking at around a ten per cent increase on car parking charges this year in line with the agreed budget strategy for 2014/15, which still leaves us as one of the cheapest places to park in the Black Country.”

However - Dudley's Tory leader, Councillor Patrick Harley, hit out at the proposed parking charge increases, saying: “At a time when the economy is rapidly improving - this is not the time to choke off the High Street recovery in Dudley with sky high car parking charges."

He said if the Conservatives seized back control of the council they would look to scrap short stay parking charges altogether.

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