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Bank holiday blues as seaside parking charges soar to as much as £35 a day

Emma Lunn
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Emma Lunn

Parking charges are soaring on England’s south coast with some fees tripling since this time last year.

According to research by YourParkingSpace, people visiting the seaside are paying as much as £35 for prime parking spots.

It found that visitors to Great Yarmouth face the biggest jump ahead of the long weekend, with the most expensive car park on the seafront now costing drivers £29 for an eight-hour stay. This is up 222% from last year when the most expensive parking space cost £9.

In Newquay, drivers have seen the cost of parking in the best locations jump from £12 to as much as £35.

In Southend-on-Sea, council-run car parks Fairheads Green and Seaway, which are located along the beachfront, charge £19.30 for the day.

In Brighton, the most expensive parking space by the sea costs £33, £1.95 more than last year. On-street parking charges in Brighton and Hove were meant to rise last month, with some areas expecting hourly rates to jump from £1.40 to £5.60. But workers in the area said they couldn’t afford the price rises and the council is now rethinking the charges.

In Kent, Rother District Council charges a flat fee of £30 for visitors to park in Camber Sands Central, claiming it “needed to recoup massive costs” in Camber. Nearby Camber Sands Western car park costs £4-an-hour, or £20 for six hours or more.

Brannan Coady, chief executive of YourParkingSpace, said: “So far, we have had a miserable summer weather-wise. With forecasts looking better for the coming weekend, it would be a shame if people planning to go to one of these destinations find themselves stung with exceptionally high prices.”