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Concern at staff parking charge

PUBLISHED: 07:23 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:58 22 October 2010

Police staff and officers in Suffolk are upset at proposals to charge them for parking at police stations and force headquarters.

Police staff and officers in Suffolk are upset at proposals to charge them for parking at police stations and force headquarters.

They currently park free of charge, but the police authority is considering introducing a charge, possibly of £2 a day. But the meeting tomorrow is expected to decide against it after trade unions and staff were equally unimpressed.

A report by chief constable Alastair McWhirter said: “There was considerable ill-feeling and resistance to the introduction of charges. Many would look to park locally, which may cause problems with residents and some stated they would look for alternative arrangements.”

He is recommending that staff and officers should be encouraged to use other forms of transport, including car-sharing.

Unison branch secretary Megan Howes said: “Many of the staff I represent are among the lower paid staff and would find £40 per month impossible to pay. This could also apply to those living alone or one-parent families.”


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