Parking increases in Richmond explained

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By adam_leone | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 13:01

Last week a story was written about Richmond Council making over £3.5 million in parking charges in fines.

In response to the figures, a Richmond Council spokesperson said: "There has been no increase in parking charges in Richmond upon Thames since the current Conservative administration were elected in 2010." reader @Gareth_Roberts_ tweeted:"You know that bit where the spokesman says there has been no isn't strictly true"

It's because the statement given by the council was at odds with what is written on this public notice.

When this queary was presented to the council, following statment was issued.

A spokesperson said: "we provided was in relation to the Community Parking Permits as the piece seemed to talk about these. With respect to the other charges, some increases were put in place (5% up to two hours, 10% for 2-6 hours and 15% over 6 hours)."

"But as the piece was talking about residents, the administration gave 10 and 20 per cent discounts so residents actually had a -5, 0 and 5 per cent change and elderly residents had a -15, -10 and -5 per cent change. This is in addition to the free parking for 30 minutes."

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