You may have read very recently about increase in car parking charges. It’s a no-win situation for anyone. The council is faced with shortfalls in revenue whilst at the same time ‘trying’ to improve facilities and incentives to use the town centre. Just for information, it is very likely that car parking charges will be introduced at Whitecliff and Newfoundland Drive (Skateboard Park). How this will deter visitor parking we’re not sure or even how the parking ‘policing’ will work. In the town centre car parks, charges will increase from 80p to £1 per hour- an increase of 20%. In addition, there will be no reduction for Sunday parking and revised rates for overnight parking. We are disappointed that the ‘consultation’ by the council with particular groups did not include Parkstone Bay Association, particularly as there will be immediate impact for two of our car parks.