South Hams parking charges considered

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Free parking at three villages in Devon could be ended as part of proposals to help plug a budget gap.

South Hams District Council said it could make an extra £27,000 a year by charging at car parks in Aveton Gifford, South Brent and Beesands.

The authority said it needed to plug a budget shortfall of more than £300,000 and using parking charges to raise revenue was one thing being considered.

Locals have criticised the plan, saying it could deter shoppers and visitors.

The council said that, after initial setup costs, any new charges would not cost more to enforce as they would become part of existing wardens' duties.

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