‘Compromise on fines’

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A COMMITTEE has recommended that St Edmundsbury Borough Council compromises on its proposal to deter high numbers of appeals by increasing parking fines.

In a committee meeting of Bury St Edmunds Town Council on Wednesday, members discussed the borough’s proposal to increase fines to £70 and not give people who lose an appeal the chance to pay a reduced fine of £30 within two weeks.

Cllr David Nettleton said: “I thought that was a bit heavy so what I’d like to suggest is that we split the difference, so if you appeal and lose you pay £50 not £70.

“The borough’s got a point about people making appeals spuriously but what I’m suggesting is instead of them losing the full amount they lose half of it.” The recommendation will go before full town council next week.