Bromsgrove traders launch petition over parking charges

Traders in a Worcestershire town have started a petition against the cost of parking charges which they claim are discouraging shoppers.

It costs 80p for one hour in seven of Bromsgrove's eight car parks.

Martin Connellan, a cobbler in the town, said: "Traders are annoyed at the prices and the council charges are putting people off all the time."

Councillor Roger Hollingworth said reducing parking charges would mean an increase in council tax.

'Ongoing problem'

Mr Hollingworth said: "The charges aren't putting people off and we've got a waiting list of people who want to come to Bromsgrove in terms of traders.

"If we start reducing prices or even making it free, it would mean increasing council tax by £40 for each resident."

He added that car parking charges generate £1.4m each year.

Mr Connellan, former chairman of the town's retail action group, said: "This has been an ongoing problem for years.

"The state of the economy is terrible, we've hardly got any shops left and the traders feel the council charges are putting people off all the time."

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