No rise in two Shropshire towns' street parking charges

On-street parking charges in two Shropshire towns will remain the same, after a council said it "listened to concerns from businesses and traders".

Shropshire Council had been consulting on proposed increases in town centre streets in Shrewsbury and Ludlow.

They included a rise of 30p for more than an hour and a half in Shrewsbury and between 10p and 20p for up to three hours in Ludlow.

Leader Keith Barrow said he was keen "we do whatever we can to help".

'Encourage shoppers'

He said: "I hope people realise that we can't simply remove all charges because we have budget pressures and ultimately will need to find savings elsewhere.

"But I hope businesses appreciate we're doing what we can to encourage shoppers into town centres."

The council said the rises were proposed along with car park increases which came into effect in April.

Mr Barrow said: "I have been speaking to businesses a lot about this issue, particularly in Shrewsbury.

"Although I don't think car parking charges are exclusively the reason for the overall drop in trade, I am keen that we do whatever we can to help."

The proposed increases in Shrewsbury town centre street parking bays included 10p for up to one hour's parking and 20p for more than an hour.

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