I've been travelling a lot lately so I haven't been popping into Manchester city centre quite as much as normal. However, I took my friend to see The Vagina Monologues at the Palace Theatre last Wednesday, and I was shocked to find that the controversial new parking regulations that Manchester City Council proposed some time ago, have indeed come into effect.
From 8am to 8pm Monday through to Sunday, there is no longer any free street parking in Manchester centre. Metered parking and single yellow line restrictions used to end at 6pm on week nights, and be free from 12 noon Saturday and through to 8am Monday morning. But no more. And on the meter we found closest to the theatre, it was over £5 for just 2 hours of parking.