SHEFFIELD Council has been accused of ‘ripping off’ motorists - after rejecting a proposal to abandon a huge increase in the price of parking permits.
Ruling Labour councillors rejected a motion from opposition Liberal Democrat councillors calling for the rise to be cancelled.
A first permit for residents is set to increase to £36 next year, from £10 in 2011-12. A second permit will rise to £72 from a previous charge of £30, while charges for businesses will rise from £20 to £72.
Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, Liberal Democrat leader and Broomhill councillor, said: “It’s unfair that Labour councillors are again fleecing local motorists.
“Parking permit zones were not created as a money-making scheme for the council.”
Coun Leigh Bramall, the council cabinet member responsible for parking, said the rise was a necessary evil. “If we did not do this, we would have to make further cuts to other services,” he said.