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Overnight parking charges in Reading town centre to go

image captionThe new free charge will come into force from mid-January if agreed by councillors
Overnight parking charges are set to be removed after concerns from visitors and residents in a Berkshire town.
Reading council introduced a trial in October which saw 24-hour parking charges come into force for spaces.
But following objections, there will no longer be a charge to park between 2000 and 0800 GMT if councillors support the plans at a meeting on 17 January.
If agreed, signs will be changed, with the free charge coming into effect from mid-January.
The authority said the move would mean town centre residents with little or no parking facilities at their properties would be able to use pay-and-display on-street spaces overnight.
Councillor Richard Willis, member for transport, said: "When the pay-and-display scheme was introduced I stated then that it was an experiment.
"Evidence suggests that while daytime charges have generally been accepted, overnight charges have caused some problems for a small number of residents and businesses.
"This change ensures that town centre visitors and businesses are supported by the council."

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