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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 June, 2003, 12:58 GMT 13:58 UK
Students angry over parking fees
A car park
The lowest paid staff will be exempt from parking fees
University students have reacted angrily to news they will have to pay for car parking next term - when some staff will not.

Students at the University of Sussex have been told if they want to park on site after the summer break it will cost them 150 a year.

The university has about 11,000 students and 2,000 staff but only 1,700 parking spaces.

Staff earning under 12,000 will not have to pay but some students say they are more hard up than even the lowest-paid staff and should be exempt too.

'I'm pretty outraged'

Most staff - all those earning more than 12,000 per annum - will have to pay 300 a year, but it is the fact that some staff will not be charged which has angered students.

Economics student Susan Prime drives to the university, which is based in the Brighton suburb of Falmer, from her home in Eastbourne, just over 20 miles away along the East Sussex coast.

She told the BBC: "I'm pretty outraged about it because I honestly think it's discrimination.

"Staff earning less than 12,000 don't have to pay, but students don't have an income anywhere near 12,000 so why do students have to pay?"

The university said all money raised in the scheme will go towards subsidising bus travel and improving cycling facilities to encourage staff and students not to use cars.

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