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Parking is too costly CURRENT discussions on parking in Birmingham seem to have ignored the important cost factor to the motorist.

The fact is that official policy is directed at keeping the motorist off the street and at the same time making parking so costly that he will keep out of the city centre altogether.

Parking meters (those noarmed bandits with never a jackpot) reduce the space available where they exist and it is always difficult to find a vacant space.

As for car parks, any are of loose rubble - a dust-bowl in fine weather and a quagmire in wet - is an excuse to charge 2s 6d per day until development takes place. The future prospect is grim. Multi-storey car parks at 50 new pence per day will be as deserted as the city streets and shops.

In the meantime I do most of my shopping at Cheltenham. It is a pleasant run to a delightful town whose authorities look on the motorist with a benevolent and civilised eye.

Dr F W Norris, Selly Oak Evening Mail, October 21, 1969
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Date:Dec 1, 2012
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