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MP's anger at parking price rise

PUBLISHED: 05:03 06 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:48 05 July 2010

INFLATION-BUSTING increases to car-parking charges across Waveney will see motorists having to pay up to 10pc more for parking.

Families spending a day at the beach this summer will be hardest hit by Waveney District Council's latest round of parking charges, with a full day's parking along Lowestoft's South Beach set to rise from £5 to £5.

INFLATION-BUSTING increases to car-parking charges across Waveney will see motorists having to pay up to 10pc more for parking.

Families spending a day at the beach this summer will be hardest hit by Waveney District Council's latest round of parking charges, with a full day's parking along Lowestoft's South Beach set to rise from £5 to £5.50 - a move which has been branded “sheer and utter madness” by the local MP.

The hourly charge for town centre short-stay spaces in Lowestoft will increase from 50p to 55p, although the daily fee will stay at £2.50.

The cost of parking in Waveney's market towns is also on the up - staying all day in Beccles will rise by 20p to £2.30 and Halesworth's Station Road car park will have charges introduced for the first time, starting at 35p an hour.

Prices at Southwold Pier car park will also rise by 10pc from £3 to £3.30 for a whole day.

Bob Blizzard, MP for Waveney, last night hit out at the rises and said that increasing seafront parking charges will put tourists off coming to Lowestoft. He said: “This is sheer and utter madness. While we have no bascule bridge closures over the summer, we should be trying to attract people to Lowestoft.”

Last year Waveney District Council hoped to make £1.2m from its car park fees but ended the financial year nearly £300,000 below that target.

This year the council hopes that its £1.03m aim is more realistic and will fund improvements to the district's car parks.

A council spokesman said: “The council has sought to find a balance between the need to generate revenue to help maintain parking facilities and encouraging people to use them.”

People have until July 24 to lodge any written objections.

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