Nottingham

Agreement on council parking fees in Gedling

A council says it has reached an agreement with traders over controversial parking charges in Nottinghamshire.

Business owners in Gedling protested after charges of up to 60p an hour were installed in some car parks in Arnold, Carlton and Mapperley in August 2009.

Gedling Borough Council reduced the charges four months later and has now cut them further.

Some traders have said they feel the council has listened to them.

'Difficult year'

In Mapperley and Carlton, charges have fallen from 50p per hour to 30p for an hour-and-a-half.

In Arnold, shoppers will get one-and-a half-hours parking for 60p instead of an hour previously.

The agreement was reached at a meeting between councillors and traders on Tuesday.

Council leader, Councillor Roland Spencer, said: "It has been a difficult year since the charges came in, but we have continued to monitor how the scheme worked.

"We said we would listen to traders and be prepared to review the charges in the light of experience and that is what we have done."

Mark Brinley, who runs Mapperley Pets and Gardens, said: "After many negotiations we have reached a compromise deal.

"It does not fully satisfy what we had asked for, but it is much better than what we had before."

Phil Chambers, who runs AE Chambers Butchers in Arnold, said: "Although the new charges only come part-way to what the traders of Arnold would like, at least we feel the council is listening to the traders."

The changes will come into force on 18 October.

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