Weymouth and Portland car parking changes agreed

Weymouth Esplanade
Image caption The car parking changes are aimed at encouraging more shoppers into Weymouth

Councillors in a Dorset seaside town believe a series of changes to car parking will support the area's shops and night time economy.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has agreed to lower charges for the first hour and make overnight parking free in most of its car parks.

Visitors will be able to use other methods of payment in addition to cash in new pay and display machines.

But hoteliers have submitted a petition against plans to end some free spaces.

The proposals will be subject to further consultations with the public.

Councillor Christine James said: "The changes are aimed at providing a much more customer focused parking service for residents, visitors and local businesses in Weymouth and Portland.

"It's the biggest review of the system in my time on the council which is why it has taken nearly two years to complete."

Dorset County Council highways officers will discuss any objections or amendments to the plans with the borough council on 5 August.

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