Heavy criticism over city congestion plan
A scheme aiming to reduce traffic congestion in Nottingham has been heavily criticised by local residents and politicians.
In a bid to slash the amount of vehicles entering the city, the council introduced the country's first parking levy on workplace car park spaces. This involved employers being charged £334 for each space they provide in their employee car parks. But, rather than encouraging staff to leave their vehicles at home, the scheme simply transferred the issue with many employees parking in nearby streets for free. The scheme, which has attracted criticism from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, was running as a pilot before being rolled out across the country.