Walsall Council to charge for parking on Remembrance Sunday

Parking charges will be enforced in Walsall town centre on Remembrance Sunday - despite tickets being rescinded last year following complaints.

Walsall Council to charge for parking on Remembrance Sunday

Parking charges will be enforced in Walsall town centre on Remembrance Sunday - despite tickets being rescinded last year following complaints.

Walsall Council will not waive fees for visitors using car parks while paying tribute next month.

A number of people who attended last year's service, including former soldiers, returned to find they had been hit with £25 fines.

Many said they were unaware of the newly-introduced Sunday parking charges and the council was later forced to apologise and issued refunds on appeal.

Hundreds of visitors are again expected to gather at The Cenotaph for the annual service in Bradford Place on November 14.

The authority said normal fees would remain despite the backlash, which saw visitors claim wardens were heavy handed and insensitive.

Transport chief councillor Tom Ansell said: "Parking charges will continue to apply on Remembrance Sunday for any vehicle using the council's pay and display car parks.

"We will however provide parking for invited guests and ensure this is available for their use."

Controversial Sunday parking charges in Walsall town centre have raised £25,000 for the local council coffers in just under the space of a year.

They were introduced on council-owned car parks last September with the authority insisting that all money goes towards maintenance costs.

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