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Welsh Conservatives' free parking plan for town centres

Free parking should be on offer to encourage shoppers into Wales' town centres, the Conservatives have said.

They want councils to publish annual reports showing how much they make from parking charges.

The Tories also propose changes to the way business rates are calculated as a way to boost the private sector.

It is understood the Welsh government will also publish a regeneration strategy, which includes town centres, on Monday.

Retail analyst Robert Clark and Les Byard, manager of St Tydfil shopping Centre in Merthyr Tydfil, shared their views with Bethan Rhys Roberts on BBC Radio Wales.

  • 22 Oct 2012
  • From the section Wales