‘CONFUSING’ new parking measures near Barnsley town centre have been defended by the council after fines were dished out to shoppers unaware that they had to display a ticket despite being in a free car park.

A three-hour maximum stay has recently been introduced on Saturdays in council car parks within a few minutes’ walk of the new market - with all other council-run car parks remaining free all day for long stay users.

However, to ensure users of the short stay car parks don’t exceed the maximum stay, a ticket must be obtained free of charge to display the time of arrival.

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