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City parking charge plan shelved
Manchester parking ticket
Businesses were against the parking charges proposals
Plans to end free parking in Manchester city centre in the evenings and on Sundays have been scrapped.

The city council said the response by residents and businesses against the plans was "overwhelming".

It had initially said the changes were necessary to ease congestion and make finding a parking space easier.

Councillor Neil Swannick said access still needed to be improved to the city by improving public transport and making parking better.

The charging on Sundays and evening was proposed for on-street parking spaces across the city.

'Listening council'

Councillor Swannick added: "Manchester prides itself on being a listening council.

"As the overwhelming majority of responses to the consultation from city-centre residents, workers, businesses and their customers alike have been hostile to these proposals, I have no hesitation in withdrawing them."

The council has been criticised for parking charges before. In 2002 it put its parking meter prices up from 1.20 an hour to nearly double that amount.

Free parking on Saturday afternoons was scrapped in 2003.

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