Aberdeenshire Council’s move to scrap free parking at its off-street car parks is a “kick in the teeth” for local companies, it was claimed last night.
Members of the public are being urged to give their views on the contentious plans to scrap the free period in pay and display car parks.
Fraserburgh SNP councillors have pledged to fight to protect the hour's free parking currently available in council car parks.
Business communities across Aberdeenshire have voiced their concern about plans to scrap free car parking in town centres.
Festive shoppers will be able to park in the centre of Elgin for free this Christmas, as part of plans to entice more people into the town.
Free parking in Aberdeenshire is helping to turn the tide of shoppers leaving town centres in favour of supermarkets and the internet.
A free parking trial at Elgin's two multi-storey car parks will begin on Monday.
Members of Moray Council have voted to extend a free parking scheme to a second multi-storey in Elgin.