Coalition parking fine proposals spark major outcry

The upcoming round of government spending cuts is likely to increase parking fines by 40%, hitting many high street stores, including butchers.

A consultation by local councils in London has suggested charges rise from 100 to 140, while plans drawn up by the British Parking Association (BPA) suggest a rise from 70 to 100 outside London.

Brian Fields, owner of Fields of Anlaby butchers in Hull, has fought against the implementation of parking charges by the local council, getting 20,000 signatures on a petition that he put to the council and successfully postponing the proposals for two years.

"You need free parking so people can nip into the shops. People pull up, run in and get few things and they're off again. It takes 10 minutes and makes no sense to charge for an hour. We're doing what we can to fight it."

A spokesperson for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said: "We fear consumers will stay away in their droves. We don't want these to be used as a revenue-raising measure by councils."

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