Shoppers could be helped by cheaper parking rates from January 1.

Worthing Town Centre Initiative is planning to inject New Year competition into parking, currently dominated by NCP.

The TCI intends to run the 180-space surface civic centre car park, off Stoke Abbott Road, on Saturdays.

Prices have not yet been finalised but it is believed the charge will be 50p an hour for up to five hours.

NCP charges £1.60 for an hour in the main multi-storey car parks and £8 for five hours.

However, it costs just £3 a day to park at the edge-of-town Teville Gate multi-storey and £2.50 for the neighbouring Broadwater Bridge surface car park, both run by NCP.

Town Centre manager Sharon Clarke said legal paperwork was now being completed after months of talks.

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