SHORT stay parking charges in West Dorset will be frozen for the eighth year running.
Proposals including exploring technical initiatives to help people pay for parking were agreed by West Dorset District Council’s executive committee.
But some charges including those for the Middle and Little Fairfield car park in Dorchester will rise to come in line with Top o’Town car park prices.
And the minimum long stay all-day charge will be set at £2 in all other West Dorset District Council run car parks.
Members agreed to introduce a barrier-less pay-on-exit scheme at several car parks including Newland North in Sherborne and Wollaston Field in Dorchester, which will be part funded by Dorchester BID.
And they plan to bring in an online customer permit system for hotels and other tourist accommodation providers.
They also froze permit prices.
Residents and visitors to West Dorset can continue to enjoy free Sunday parking in the council’s car parks in Dorchester, Bridport, Beaminster and Sherborne and free overnight parking in council-run car parks across the district.
District council leader Robert Gould said: “This is good news for shoppers, local residents and visitors.
“We are committed to supporting businesses and keeping our town centres prosperous. We now have some of the cheapest parking on the south coast.
“The district council continues to explore new ways of creating a more anxiety free shopping and visitor experience to encourage people to sty longer in towns and coastal resorts.”