A PETITION has been launched by Wiltshire Council's opposition against increased parking charges on Sundays and bank holidays.

The new charges will come into play across the county on November 19, and include an increase of more than double for residents' parking in Salisbury.

The Lib Dems have raised concerns about the validity of introducing the charge, and say they were not debated by full council.

They hope to get 5,000 signatures on a petition calling for the charges to be dropped.

If successful, that will force a full debate and vote on the charges at the next meeting of Wiltshire Council in the New Year.

The petition was the idea of Malmesbury Lib Dem Councillor, Gavin Grant.

Cllr Grant said "Most people had no idea these car parking charges were in the pipeline. They are horrified that the council is bringing them in despite huge opposition.‎

These charges are wrong. They will hit town centre residents and families.

"They go against all the work to keep our high streets alive and sustaining local jobs."

Lib Dem leader of the opposition on Wiltshire Council, Cllr Ian ‎Thorn added "There has been no debate on these new parking charges, let alone a vote by councillors. We want to change that.

"By residents signing our petition, we can force that vote.

"I believe councillors right across the chamber are angry. I hope we will come together to vote down these charges. ‎But we can only get that opportunity by getting 5,000 people to sign up."

Wiltshire residents who want to sign it can do so by going to SignMe.org.uk/1485.