News The MP Louise Ellman branded the use of parking fines to raise revenue unacceptable and illegal

Councils across England have been accused of implementing “an unacceptable mass ticketing culture” after the release of figures showing that car parking charges have generated £600m of surplus profit in the past year.

Schroders drives a good deal

Schroders Investment Management boosted its stake in EuroDollar Holdings to a strategic 20 per cent earlier this year before selling the entire holding to agreed bidder Republic Industries of the US last week.

Letter: British Museum: clear the car park

Sir: I am delighted that the eyesore of car parking is to be removed from the courtyard of the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House (report, 28 July).

NPC brings flotation forward

Andrew Yates

Letter: The early bird ...

Sir: Swallows have returned to our garage a month earlier than usual. Could this be another manifestation of global warming?

Letter: Feminist fever

It's not necessarily cranky to object to "women only" car parks ("The perils in a nation of feminists", 9 February). There are principled objections to such extravagances which quite improperly support the bizarre notions that men in general are a threat and that men and women should lead increasingly segregated lives. It's intellectually and morally respectable to criticise feminism and to dissent from it, providing one does so in a reasonable manner. We are not obliged, I hope, to accept any set of opinions uncritically, at least not yet, and we are entitled to regard feminism as a flawed and somewhat stunted account of social reality without being written off as non-entity.

Car-park drama at Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne opera house has been given six months to dig up a car park which it laid without planning permission in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Garage tragedy

Garage tragedy

Things to do, places to go this weekend: Six of the best: New Year's Day walks

After the rigours of the night before, ease into the New Year with a brisk walk on 1 January. It is a popular day for walks organised by local branches of the Ramblers' Association. Here are six of the best. Anyone is welcome. Call the numbers given if you are worried about the weather, or want fuller information

LETTER: Pay and displays

From Mr Michael MccGwire

Take a look at the motor insurance you just bought. It says 'comprehens ive'. But is it?

W hy do sensible shoppers seemingly throw caution to the wind when buying motor insurance? For most people this is one of their most significant annual outlays, yet many hunt for the cheapest offer, assuming all motor policies are identical in every respect bar price.

LETTER: Own-grown water

From Mr Arthur Little

Gummer moves against out-of-town retail 'sheds'

The Government yesterday issued its strongest edict yet against the growth in out-of- town shopping centres, when John Gummer, Secretary of State for the Environment, issued new planning guidance to local councils.

How does your motor insurance measure up?

The table reflects one consultant's estimate of insurance premiums for selected types of motorist. It is not a "best buy" recommendation but an indication of what the market will charge for different risks, so individuals can assess their current policies. If yours seems out of line, Motor Advice could help. All quotes are for comprehensive cover.

Cornhill cuts

CORNHILL INSURANCE has made cuts of up to13.5 per cent in its buildings insurance cover and of up to 8 per cent in contents cover. Discounts are available according to the age of the policyholder and the security systems installed and the excess that the policyholder is willing to pay. There is also a no-claims discount on contents and personal possessions insurance.

Britain is `car parking mad', says rural group 2/24point bold of spacey

Britain has gone "parking mad" with town centres and villages increasingly dominated by car parks, according to a report published today.
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