Parking will no longer be free on Sundays and weekday evenings in one area of London.
Proposals by Westminster City Council will extend the time drivers can be charged for parking to midnight on Monday to Saturday and from 1pm to 6pm on Sunday.
The move to extend the hours of control has been met with disapproval from those who have a reason to be in the area at those times, including churchgoers and volunteers.
But defending the move, the council said the new rules would only apply to a quarter of the borough, centring in the area south of Oxford Street, around sections of Mayfair and Soho.
A council spokesman said: "People who need to drive into the West End during these times would still be able to park their car for free on streets approximately five to 10 minutes' walk away."
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