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Parking issue intensifies in Cardiff

Locals believe the paid parking in city centre will be a deterrent to people shopping in Cardiff.

A vehicle parks beside disabled bays in front of Lidl

The issue of parking has aroused public concern in the local community after the release of a recent report, which shows the capital’s parking fines are set to hit record high.

According to Freedom of Information legislation, Cardiff council has received £1,631,298 parking fines so far this year. While in 2010 and 2011, the total revenues were £792,361 and £1,936,661, respectively. Ralph Cook, a member from Cardiff council’s cabinet, stressed that there were no such quotas for civil parking enforcement officers to meet.

However, many are concerned that the rigorous parking enforcement will keep shoppers away from city centre. “Cardiff is a very prosperous city. But unless we resolve the parking problem, it will stop people come to shop here,” a driver in Cardiff said.