A council has debunked a national newspaper's claim that Great Yarmouth saw the highest yearly car parking price increase in the country.

The claims, published in an article by the Telegraph yesterday (August 23), said that families visiting Great Yarmouth should expect to face a price jump of up to 222pc at one seafront car park when compared to this time last year. 

Using data collected from car park booking portal YourParkingSpace, the publication claimed the council-run Marina Centre car park had seen its prices soar to £29 for an eight-hour stay. 

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The centre, located on Yarmouth's Golden Mile, reopened last year following an 18-month £26m revamp which replaced the former centre that was built in 1981.

But the council has strongly refuted these claims over the price hike, and provided data to show they are untrue .

A Great Yarmouth Borough Council spokesman said: "The information contained within the article in relation to Great Yarmouth is inaccurate and misleading.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: The Marina Centre reopened last year following a multi-million pound revampThe Marina Centre reopened last year following a multi-million pound revamp (Image: Great Yarmouth Borough Council)

"The data included looks to have compared the fee for a long stay car park on the seafront with the new Marina Centre short stay car park. 

"The latter is predominantly used by Marina Leisure Centre users who can park there for free for up to three hours.

"Therefore, the percentage increase used in this item for Great Yarmouth is incorrect because it compares long-stay car park charges to short-stay car park charges - the two are not comparable."

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The spokesman went on to say the correct percentage increase in car park charges this year compared to the last is 12.9pc for all-day parking at the seafront and 5.2pc for Marina Centre car park. 

Other seafront short-stay car parks increased by 13pc from £22.60 to £25.60 for an eight-hour stay.

In total, long-stay car parks saw an increase from £9.30 to £10.50, and short-stays rose from £27.50 to £28.90.