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Hull city centre parking charges to increase in 2012

Parking charges in Hull city centre will rise next year.

On-street parking charges will rise by 15 pence an hour to £1.45 from January. The city council said the move came in the wake of budget cuts of £48m.

A spokesman said the increase was the first for five years and the charges were still "considerably cheaper" than those in cities such as Leeds.

The council has also announced plans for free city centre parking on Sundays in the run up to Christmas.

Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for transport, said: "This year the council faces budget cuts of £48m and for a number of years the cost of parking in the city centre has been capped.

"We have listened to and recognised the concerns of businesses and motorists, but feel that the proposed increases are necessary to help us deliver essential services to Hull's council taxpayers.

"Notwithstanding this, I believe that our parking costs represent good value for money and compare favourably with our neighbours, and I am also recommending that we have free Sunday parking in November and December, a move which I hope will encourage more families and Christmas shoppers into the city centre."

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