Parking in Southampton will be more expensive from next week.

Parking charges in city council car parks will increase on Monday after Cabinet members voted in favour of the move last month.

Tariffs for off-street and on-street parking will rise by up to 66 per cent and will be in place between 8am and 8pm for on-street parking and 8am and midnight for off-street.

This means it will no longer be cheaper to park between 6pm and 8pm.

Cllr Eamonn Keogh, cabinet member for transport, described the increases as "fair and proportionate”.

"The increases do still allow for us to provide a very competitive offer for those wanting to park in the city centre," he said.

This is the first time Southampton has seen an increase in tariffs in 10 years.

The authority said the charges will support public transport in and around Southampton as well as road maintenance and repairs.

They also form part of its plans to achieve net-zero carbon by 2035.

Jeremy Moulton, deputy leader of the Conservative group, described the move as "an assault" on car drivers.

Speaking on the decision, he said: "Labour’s anti motorist parking hikes threaten the city centre economy and jobs, as some people will go out of town in the evening.

"There is also a risk for the council that people will park in cheaper private car parks like Westquay and this won’t bring in the income they are seeking to fill the coffers after their years of reckless spending."