PARKING charges will resume at council-run car parks in Carmarthenshire at the end of the summer.

The Plaid Cymru-Independent administration voted for their reinstatement on September 1.

But members of the executive board have deferred a 20p tariff increase, which had been due to come into force on April 1 this year, until January 2021.

The authority’s 57 car parks bring in around £2.4 million per year – just over £46,000 per week.

Charging was suspended in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The authority will lose around £1.37 million of income with the March to September suspension.

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It is eligible for reimbursement for the first three months of the lockdown from the Welsh Government, but not necessarily beyond that.

Speaking before the executive board meeting on July 27, Carmarthen shop worker Paul Wright said the current free parking has been welcomed by shoppers.

“I would say it has,” said Mr. Wright, of Goldstone Books.

“As a general principle free parking would be great, but we understood the need for the council to have some revenue.

“The bigger picture for us is will people return to their normal shopping habits.”

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