Proposed parking price increase angers businesses and residents of Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 07:38 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:38 28 November 2017

Parking charges on the seafront may increase.

Parking charges on the seafront may increase.

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A price hike to seafront parking in Weston-super-Mare is being considered by the local authority, to the dismay of businesses and shoppers.

North Somerset Council’s executive committee will mull increasing seafront parking charges at its meeting next month.

But the revelation has been met with concern from business owners and anger from residents.

Michelle Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier, said ‘we should be doing everything we can to welcome and encourage people to come to Weston’.

She added: “At a time when increasing numbers of people are re-engaging with the British seaside, particularly older people who rely on a car, we’d urge the council to seriously consider the implications of this decision.”

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Karen Saunders wrote: “It’s now virtually impossible to park anywhere without a charge.

“This is sheer greed. Yesterday I paid to park my car so that I could walk my dog along the seafront. Today I parked my car for free in Clevedon and walked my dog along the front. Both areas of North Somerset.

“People will not want to come to Weston as parking charges are already extortionate and have to be paid until 10.00pm in the car parks. We are being well and truly ripped off by this council in Weston.”

Nick Hill commented: “That’s a two-finger salute to all the tourists and all the retailers in town.

“The only winners will be Cribbs and Clarks malls.

“If you want to regenerate the town centre, you need to lower parking charges or better still cut them completely.”

Jim Walters said: “This potential price hike will have a negative effect on Weston’s tourism and the business community.

“You just need to listen to the voice of the people as you may be digging yourself another big hole with someone else to blame, like the weather.”

Martin Bewley commented: “With plans to build on just about every existing car park visitors will have no option but to park on the seafront, hence the proposed increase. An increase that will make it less expensive, for many, to go to Bristol and back.”

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