Guernsey paid parking to 'start in autumn'

North Beach in car park in St Peter Port, Guernsey
Image caption Current parking controls are disc zones in which parking is limited to a period up to 10 hours

Motorists will have to pay to park in long-stay spaces from the autumn, according to Guernsey's environment minister.

Bringing in a 60p an hour fee for long-stay parking was approved by the States as part of a wider transport plan.

Deputy Yvonne Burford said the department was "looking at" introducing the charge in the autumn.

She said this was "to allow time for the improved and expanded residents' parking scheme to be in place".

Ms Burford said: "This timetable will also allow for further improvements to the bus service... before any parking charges come into effect."

An announcement about which company will operate the island's bus service from April will be made very soon, she added.

Revised proposals for width and emissions taxes for vehicles, which form part of the strategy, are due out early in the new year.

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