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Doncaster Council car parks decision 'deeply unfair'

A Doncaster Council decision to open to the public seven car parks which were previously only open to council workers is being criticised as "deeply unfair".

Public sector union Unison said the move was a "tax" on staff who used their own cars on council business.

Car parks at Council House, Scarborough House, Netherhall Road, Unity House, Concord House, Elmfield House and Kings Mews open to the public on 1 December.

The council, which must make £80m cuts, said the plan could raise £400,000.

'Deeply angry'

Simon Wiles, director of finance and corporate services at the council, said its car parking arrangements had to change.

"It's not fair on the other citizens of Doncaster who have to pay if they want to park in the centre," he said.

"And it's not fair on a large number of staff who have to pay anyway because they can't fit in the staff car parks."

Mr Wiles said the money raised would go towards the "large amount" the council needed to save due to government funding cuts.

But Jim Board, Unison branch secretary in Doncaster, said the decision was given the go-ahead without a "proper" consultation with council workers.

Mr Board said his members were "deeply, deeply angry".

"To impose this tax on them is deeply unfair," he said.

"It's about getting revenue for Doncaster Council on the back of staff who work and deliver services to Doncaster."

Mr Board said he would be asking his members not to use their own cars for work purposes.

"That will impact seriously on the provision of services to children, to families and to vulnerable groups," he said.

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