South Scotland

Dumfries car parking fee petition launched

A petition against proposals to introduce car parking charges in Dumfries town centre has been launched by local Labour politicians.

They hope to gather 10,000 signatures before council budget day in February.

Nith Ward Labour councillor Colin Smyth said the strength of anger among the public about the plans was growing.

The council has stressed it is only looking at the business case for the charges and is not committed to taking the project forward.

It is estimated the scheme would cost about £700,000 to introduce.

However, once it is in place, it could net Dumfries and Galloway Council about £1.9m a year, with drivers having to pay about 90p an hour to park.

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