LOCAL motorists will have to dig a bit deeper into their pockets after Ceredigion County Council revealed plans to hike parking charges from May 3.

The news will come as a particular blow to traders in Cardigan, who have persistently claimed that increased charges affect footfall in the town.

And the fact the price hikes have been unveiled just as the business community prepares to make take their first tentative steps out of lockdown seems certain to trigger widespread frustration.

A two-hour stay at Greenfield Square will rise from £1.80 to £2, while a 24-hour stay in Bath House will increase from £2.80 to £3.10.

In Fair Field and Quay Street car parks, a one hour stay will rise from £1.50 to £1.60, while at Mwldan and Gloster Row, 24-hour stays will go up to £3.10 from £2.80.