BUDGET: No parking charge for borough council staff

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STAFF at Boston Borough Council will continue to park for free in the town’s car parks, despite residents facing fee hikes to increase council revenue.

People using the car parks are facing a 10p increase across all tariffs during the day, hitting hundreds of commuters who park in the town every day.

But this will not affect the 281 workers at the authority – along with the 32 councillors – who are given permits to park free in car parks around the borough for when they are on civic duty.

Coun Derek Richmond, portfolio holder for town centres, said they would not be affected as it was thought they had faced enough hardship recently, accepting a two year pay freeze and dealing with other restrictions.

Coun Raymond Singelton-Maguire added: “They have taken a hit and they have been restricted.”

A spokesman for the council said that staff had agreed to measures which have saved the authority a total of £400,000.