THE decision to launch our Keep City Parking Free campaign today has not been taken lightly.

I understand absolutely the financial pressures facing all parts of the public sector, including local councils.

But Newport council’s decision to scrap free parking at its city centre car parks is just wrong-headed.

Footfall has increased because of the two hours of free parking offered to shoppers.

Some city centre businesses are dying on their feet. Friars Walk is years away. In the meantime, everything that can be done to help Newport traders must be done.

You can find our petition in today’s newspaper and online. Hard copies will soon be available at our offices and other outlets in the city.

If you want to see free parking remain in Newport then sign up and make sure the council hears your voice.

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