Free parking could cost town council £52k

PUBLISHED: 06:38 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:56 15 June 2010

HONITON Town Council will have to think again before it pursues its call for free town centre parking in the run-up to Christmas.

HONITON Town Council will have to think again before it pursues its call for free town centre parking in the run-up to Christmas.East Devon District Council has not ruled out the gesture - just stipulated the town council picks up the tab.Figures released to the Herald this week reveal that car parks in Honiton generated £52,225 from November 17 to December 25 last year.During the whole of 2008, the car parks took £427,682 in revenue, including VAT at 17.5 per cent.A spokesperson for the district council said: "The council knows that its car parks will be full in the weeks before Christmas, whether a fee is charged or not."Introducing free parking can be counter productive and is likely to result in people moving from short-stay to long-stay parking, which means access to the shops would not be so readily available for many people."Honiton Town Council has discussed free parking as a way of supporting the local economy during the recession.

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