I went into Exeter city to buy a few items a week ago. I parked the car, and went to the machine to make my payment for 'one hour' of parking. The price had risen from £1.90 to £2.50!!!!!!!!. I was stunned and angry. They charge 80p for 30 minutes, but £2.50 for an hour. The joke is that to walk from the parking space (in front of Kwick-Fit), to the centre of of the High street, takes about 15 minutes (and 15 minutes back again), so it is pointless paying for 30 minutes parking, when you wouldn't have any time to even visit one shop!!
Putting that aside, I can't imagine how the business owners are feeling right now. It is has been hard enough for them to to make money, without the Exeter City Council making it more expensive for people to shop on the High Street, and thus scaring people away. What they have done is outrageous, and despicable, especially in these difficult times.
Apparently, this is now happening in many towns and cities around the UK. Here is an article in The Daily Mail, which is worth reading:
Local councils have had HUGE sums of money from the government (our money!) over the past 18 months, so why would they feel the need to make us pay more to park our cars?
Have the parking charges risen recently in your city or town? Let us know, so that we can SHAME THEM also!
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