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Leeds United football fans face parking charge increase

Elland Road
Image caption The changes will apply from 1 January

Leeds United fans will have to pay more to park at the club's Elland Road ground in the new year.

The charge for cars is to rise from £5 to £6, the charge for mini-coaches will go from £10 to £12 and the charge for coaches will increase by £5 to £20.

About 1,900 vehicles use the five car parks around Elland Road on match days.

The city council said parking charges had remained the same for the past four years but included VAT, which is to rise next year.

Posters have been put up across the ground to warn fans about the changes, which come into force on 1 January for the match against Middlesbrough.

Martin Farrington, the council's acting director of city development, said: "Leeds United and Elland Road are an intrinsic part of Leeds and we obviously would not want to do anything that would put people off from going and supporting their team at home.

"However, it has been four years since any rise in the cost of parking for matches at Elland Road and not only have our costs increased significantly but we are also reluctantly having to accommodate a rise in VAT.

"We have tried to keep the rise to a minimum while ensuring we can continue to provide thousands of parking spaces close to the ground for match days."

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