Businesses leaders in Bridport have slammed recent changes to car parking fees..

Beginning early next year, drivers using any Dorset Council car park will be charged for parking 8am to 8pm every day - two hours longer than currently (6pm). Charges will also apply on Sundays in select car parks.

Robert Mühl, president of the Bridport Business Chamber, has given his opinion on the recent changes.

Mr Mühl said: "This is a totally unacceptable increase in parking charges and it is also a completely inappropriate time to bring in these increases.

"Quite frankly, we are horrified.

"Many, many businesses as well as Dorset Council have seen revenues hit dramatically – many businesses may not survive.

"Bringing in evening and Sunday charges in Bridport will certainly affect business, particularly in the hospitality sector.

He added: "We are aware that parking in Bridport is perhaps the number one issue to be dealt with to allow business growth. Making these proposed changes at this time will do nothing to help and will certainly make it more difficult for local business to survive these difficult times.

"Please reconsider this irresponsible, inconsiderate proposal."