Rural car parks in West Sussex 'making a loss'

A West Sussex council is asking for ideas on reducing the loss made by car parks in rural areas.

Chichester District Council said that even after introducing parking charges in April 2011, car parks were still making a loss of £120,000 per year.

It said charges in Selsey, Bosham, Midhurst, Bracklesham, the Witterings and Petworth did not cover the costs of running the parking areas.

A series of public meetings has been arranged for early November.

Kenrick Garraway, assistant director for the economy on Chichester council, said: "When the council introduced charges in rural car parks, we said that we would not alter the charges for two years.

"We now need to work with local communities to look at how we should cover the cost of the car parks in the future."

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