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U-turn on Sunday parking charge

A council has done a U-turn on plans to axe free parking for shoppers in Leeds amid fears it would drive away trade from the city centre.

The move, which was expected to bring in an extra £600,000 a year, had earlier been approved as part of the authority's 2009/2010 budget.

Shoppers were to be allowed four hours of free parking.

The council has now jettisoned the idea after businesses warned it could direct trade to out-of-town retail centres.

'Point of principle'

The plans were initially intended to relieve congestion problems in the free car parks and on-street parking areas.

They were approved at a meeting last month but the council said the go-ahead was subject to a full consultation with city centre retailers.

Council leader Andrew Carter has now said it is important to maintain free parking on a Sunday.

"It was suggested that people could be allowed up to four hours of free parking and then charged if they stopped longer, but there's a point of principle here," he said.

"If you introduce any sort of charge you break the principle of free parking on a Sunday.

"We are not going to do that because it is important to maintain free parking on a Sunday in Leeds."



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