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Evening charges at Wolverhampton car parks could end

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Image caption Councillors will discuss the proposals on 7 September

Free evening parking could be brought in at five Wolverhampton city centre car parks under proposals to be discussed by councillors.

If approved, charges would be scrapped at the Fold Street, School Street, Market, Peel Street and Church Lane council car parks after 17:30 Monday to Saturday.

The council said the idea was to try to help businesses and shoppers.

The proposals go before the council's cabinet members on 7 September.

It currently costs £2 to park at the five sites during evenings from Monday to Saturday.

'Reduce the burden'

Councillor Roger Lawrence, leader of the city council, said: "Given the difficult economic climate we are currently in, we are looking to do everything we can to support businesses in the city centre and their customers.

"We think that allowing free parking at some of our car parks in the evening will encourage more people into the city centre at night and also reduce the burden on motorists' pockets."

If approved, it would be introduced from Monday, 12 September.

Cabinet members will also consider a proposal to allow free parking at the Fold Street car park on selected Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas.

The council said all Wolverhampton City Council car parks, with the exception of the Civic Centre, continue to be free on Sundays.

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