Council does U-turn on parking charges

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A controversial city council decision to charge for parking on public holidays in Lancaster has been scrapped.

Businesses in the city said they were “furious” when councillors voted to introduce parking charges on council run car parks from April.

Coun Tim Hamilton-Cox, Lancaster City Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for parking, said that the charges were necessary to help the council to continue to fund improvements.

But on Monday, March 24, councillors went back on their decision and announced that free parking should be retained on public holidays to help support the development of new events planned in the city.

Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID) has now submitted a programme of events to take place on public holidays in Lancaster city centre, which the council said it did not have when it made its decision.