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Plan to scrap free Sunday parking

Free Sunday parking for shoppers in Leeds could be scrapped as part of the city council's budget plans for the next financial year.

The council hopes to bring in about 600,000 by providing more parking spaces as well as charging Sunday fees.

Proposals also include a crackdown on drivers using bus lanes, which would bring in an extra 155,000, and more garden waste collections.

The budget will be finalised in a meeting of the full council later.

The council said compared to 2008/2009, there had been a "significant reduction in income" for the 2009/2010 budget.

The budget report states: "A review of car parking provision in the city centre has identified additional capacity and net additional income of 608,000 is projected.

"In respect of Sundays, it is intended that a nominal fee will be charged for the first four hours with a higher rate beyond this in order to encourage better parking for shoppers."

The report also states 3m is being sought from Yorkshire Forward to support work with developers and employers, including city centre retail developments, to maximise job opportunities for local people.

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