A row has erupted after it was revealed that some parking charges in the north-east could double.
Since Aberdeenshire Council introduced a period of free parking in 2014, it has seen profits plummet and now faces an annual deficit of about £140,000.
Now Banff and Buchan councillors have recommended above the rate of inflation increases be introduced to help the council claw back the cash.
Fraserburgh councillor Brian Topping said the move could be “detrimental”.
At the area committee, councillors eventually accepted that a free hour in Banff and Fraserburgh should be maintained and that charges thereafter should increase.
In real terms, a two-hour stay would increase from £1.20 to £1.50, and stays of up to 10 hours would double to £10 from £5.
Their views will be fed into the council’s infrastructure services committee later this year, which will make a final decision on which options to pursue.
They include scrapping the free hour completely and reviewing the operating hours of each of the car parks.