Plans to extend the period in which car parking charges apply past 6pm until 8pm have been dropped by the Conservative Dorset council administration. Local Lib Dem councillors across Dorset joined with residents to oppose a move. Local businesses and organisations feared that the extended charges would be the final nail in the coffin for retail and hospitality on many of our high street. Sadly the planned changes to introduce Sunday charges in many place for the first time are still to go ahead.
Dorset Liberal Democrats launched a petition against the charges and were supported with well over 1600 signatories opposing the plans, and are please that residents have been heard on this issues and the council made to see sense. Now is not the time to put local businesses under any more pressure than they already are.