BARNSLEY council has unveiled plans to increase parking charges across town which is expected to bring in an extra £100,000.

The decision-making cabinet approved proposals to increase car parking charges by ten per cent from April 1 next year - although the fees at Burleigh Street East and West car parks and Joseph Street will be reduced to encourage more people to use them.

A spokesman said: "The car parks have been little used since Barnsley Council staff moved from Wellington House to Gateway Plaza.

"Encouraging the use of these sites through reduced ticket charges, could relieve nearby residential streets of some daytime parking freeing up space for residents."

Cabinet members also approved a recommendation to include the CEAG site in the plans and turn it into a temporary short stay car park.

This will allow them to take enforcement action against anyone who shouldn't be parked there.

A final decision on the plans is expected to be announced by the full council at the January meeting.