Shoppers to pay to park on Sunday

A CASH-strapped council will be introducing charges of £1 to park in its city centre car parks from next Monday.

Hull Council, which recently had confirmed £24m of cuts in the next financial year, will start charging for nearly 2,500 parking spaces in its multi-storey car parks and off street car parks from January 5.

However they will be cutting the all-day parking charge at Pryme Street and Osborne Street multi-storey car parks to £3 in a bid to drive up custom.

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The council expects to make £2.34m from parking in the next year - £240,000 less than expected.

The move was revealed in a decision record with the comment from the council’s energy city portfolio holder Coun Martin Mancey that the charges still represented “good value for money.”

Earlier this month the council’s Labour-run administration warned that continuing Government funding cuts would “inevitably” impact on public services.

Labour says Hull Council has lost in the region of £228 per person since 2010 and expects continued cuts to follow as outlined in Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement.

How they intend to make further savings will be revealed early next year.