Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council rejects parking meter plan

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Image caption The council said increased parking costs would hurt local businesses

Lincolnshire County Council has voted not to back proposals to install parking meters for on-street parking throughout the county.

The authority was considering a proposal to charge motorists for using previously free parking bays.

The £540,000 a year raised from the parking metres would have been used to help finance parking enforcement.

Councillors said the parking fees would have a negative effect on local businesses.

Between 400 and 500 spaces in busy areas such as town centres would have been affected.

The issue of funding for enforcement - which the county is planning to take over from the police in June 2012 - will be considered again by the county's highways committee.

It is estimated it would cost the authority about £1.5m over a five-year period to administer the parking enforcement scheme.

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