Cornwall Council has defended the use of no-change parking meters after it emerged it collected an additional £300,000 from machines in a year.

Information provided by the council, following a Freedom of Information request, shows that £11.6 million was collected in parking fees in 2011/12 overall, with £307,293 sourced from an “over-vend”.

Run by a Liberal Democrat-Independent coalition, the council confirmed that it would not be stocking the 250 machines with increased amounts of change, citing possible vandalism and lack of funds.

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