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Tourists Will Repay ‘Damage’ To Our Roads Through New Parking Charges

New car parking rates will be introduced in Shaftesbury next January.

Dorset Council has not pursued the Shaftesbury Town Council and Chamber of Commerce request to place Shaftesbury in the same charging band as Gillingham. In October, Cllr Ray Bryan said that he would revisit Shaftesbury charges if approached by one of our two Dorset councillors. But the proposed rates have not been amended. Cllr Bryan did agree to move a Purbeck car park into the lower cost parking payment band in Tuesday’s meeting.

Visiting some seaside hotspots like Lyme Regis, Weymouth Beach or Corfe Castle will be more expensive from next year. It will cost £10 to park for more than four hours. Cllr Bryan said it’s a way of getting tourists to shoulder highway repair costs, ‘as a contribution to the damage they do to the roads’.

Dorset Council’s Cabinet Committee approved the new payment proposals on Tuesday.

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