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Should it be free to park in our town centres?

Burslem is rarely a busy place these days. It is a town which last year topped a list of those with the most empty shops. Casual footfall is not a natural accompaniment to daily trade. And with visitors charged 90p to park for an hour, rising to £2.70 for three hours, it’s not hard to position such charges as a major part of the reason. Why pay for parking when,…