Berkshire

New year freeze on Reading parking fees

Residents and visitors in Reading are set to benefit from a new year freeze on short-stay parking charges.

Town centre car parks at Broad Street Mall, Queens Road and the public part of the Civic Offices car park will see charges remain the same.

The freeze was agreed by the council in its annual review but some medium-stay charges will rise from 4 January.

Councillors said the charges were "still good value" and were due to some charging bands being scrapped.

Long-stay charges at Hills Meadow car park will be cut from £12 to £5-a-day while the daily charge at Kings Meadow car park will be reduced from £12 to £7.

Councillor Richard Willis, member for transport, said: "The freezing of short-stay charges and the cut in long-stay charges in the town centre will be good news for many people.

"The freezing of all charges in the local centre car parks will help to ensure that the small traders in those areas are supported."

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