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Parking charges in parks considered.

CHARGES could be introduced for parking in country parks in Flintshire, it has been revealed.

Flintshire Council is weighing up its options on whether to introduce fees for some services which are currently free.

It comes as the local authority faces a funding gap of PS13.3m for the next financial year.

A PS1 daily parking charge was introduced at three country parks in neighbouring Wrexham last year.

The possibility of asking visitors to pay at country parks in Flintshire was raised at a meeting of backbench politicians.

During a discussion on how the council generates income, Liberal Democrat councillor Hilary McGuill questioned why it does not currently ask for fees at locations such as Wepre Park in Connah's Quay.

In response, Flintshire's chief executive Colin Everett said: "We have been considering options around currently uncharged areas like country parks.

"Whether there's an appetite will be a later decision, but that's down to cabinet advised by environment scrutiny to set a policy."

The authority's current policy is not to charge in car parks with less than 50 spaces.

Steve Jones, chief officer for Streetscene and transport, told members of the corporate resources scrutiny committee it would be difficult to justify the cost of installing payment machines at smaller car parks.

During the meeting, councillors also discussed a possible move to increase the fee for garden waste collections from PS30 to PS35 from March next year. Councillors agreed to support an ongoing review.

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