Car park charges at The Beacon have risen to £1.20 an hour to reflect new investment in the parking areas and an increase in the Centre’s energy and staffing costs.

Evening parking from 6pm remains at just £1 and Sunday parking is £1.20 for the whole day. The Centre remains the cheapest fee paying car park in town.

Centre Director James Roberts said: “We will be using the additional income to fit LED lights throughout the car park to make it a lighter, brighter and cleaner experience for shoppers. This is the first increase for some years and we continue to offer safe and secure parking at a cheaper price than on-street parking and other car parks.”