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The latest parking charges announced by the council for Chester have outraged small businesses in the area and sparked complaints from the local MP.
Chester Labour MP Christ Matheson is backing traders who are trying to stop the local council from introducing parking charges on Brook Street in Chester. Independent small businesses are saying that customers will simply go elsewhere if their previous entitlement to 60 minutes of free parking is removed.
The council is arguing the charge of just £1 will free up spaces in the area and reduce illegal parking in zones that need to be kept clear.
Mr Matheson has written to the council saying: “The context is the council is having to put parking charges up because of a £57m cut in government funding. The council has my absolute sympathy but Brook Street is unique with lots of independent traders and start-up businesses that depend on customers being allowed to stay for free for a short time to nip in and out again.”
So far local traders have presented a petition signed by 60 local traders and 400 customers outlining their fears that the charges will deter customers from the area and threaten the local high street.
They argue that no one is in favour of the changes which people think could put some local business in in the area out of business.