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Parking meters bring in 780K

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The council says meters suit short-stay shoppers who struggled to find spaces

Parking meters have raised £780,000 for a Devon resort in their first year.

Torbay Council put in 610 machines last October, expecting them to make about £580,000.

But the figure has been exceeded by £200,000, according to a report to the council, which will use the money to make up shortfalls elsewhere.

Some shopkeepers say trade has been down since meters were introduced, but the council said the recession has not been to blame.

'More spaces'

Chris Lewis, cabinet member for transport, told BBC News: "Before meters were installed some people said the streets would be empty.

"But these figures have proved them wrong.

"Instead of not being able to find somewhere to park, there are more spaces and people can leave their cars for an hour if they are just popping to the shops.

"If they want to stay longer there are usually car parks nearby."

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