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Councils urged to boost number of parking spaces across UK

More parking spaces should be provided by councils across England, the secretary of state for communities has said.

The local authorities should aim to offer a greater amount of parking spaces for motorists accessing town centres across the country, as well as limiting the number of speed humps, Eric Pickles said.

New planning guidance will also outline how councils should go about limiting parking charges, which they must ensure do not "undermine" local economies.

The new guidance, which is due to be published this week, states: “The quality of parking in town centres is important; it should be convenient, safe and secure. Parking charges should be appropriate and not undermine the vitality of town centres and local shops, and parking enforcement should be proportionate.”

The guidance also urged local councils to make sure that “unnecessary clutter and physical constraints such as parking bollards and road humps” were avoided where possible. other items such as street lighting, railings and litter bins will also need to be “well designed and sensitively placed,” by authorities across the UK.

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