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Tunbridge Wells parking charges rise considered

Plans to raise parking charges in Tunbridge Wells are being considered by the local authority.

Proposals include charging motorists to use car parks at night, as well as raising residents' parking permit fees by up to £20 a year.

The Conservative-controlled council said there were "considerable costs associated with parking provision" and there was a need to raise income.

Opposition councillors said raising the charges could harm the local economy.

Alternative transport

Councillor David Neve, the leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats, said it was "a money-grabbing exercise by a cash-strapped council".

A council spokesman said introducing fees for overnight parking would help meet the costs of running and maintaining its car parks.

"The need to raise income also creates an incentive for car drivers to find alternative modes of transport to and from the town," he added.

The council meets on Thursday to discuss the proposals.

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