Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 10-01-2014

Car park charges controversy

by Joanne Clague

Car park charges controversy - picture The government is facing criticism from town centre retailers and the public after introducing Sunday charging in Douglas car parks.
Shoppers must now pay to park in the government-run multi story car parks in Drumgold Street at the Marks & Spencer store and in Chester Street.
But Douglas Corporation has pledged not to introduce Sunday parking charges in the car parks it operates at the bottleneck adjacent to the Sea Terminal or at Shaws Brow.
Council leader David Christian said: 'Sunday afternoon can be busy in town and, at a time when traders are finding it tough due to the economy, and the disruption due to regeneration, we want to encourage people to shop, so at the present time have no plans to charge in our car parks.'
An online petition against Sunday charging has attracted 750 signatures. The petition, set up by local pressure group Manx Business Reviews, calls for the charges to be withdrawn and accuses the Manx Government of driving business away from the town.

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