A PETITION calling for a rethink over plans to introduce parking charges at two Isle of Wight car parks has been signed by around 1,800 Islanders.
The online petition, at www.change.org, has called for the Isle of Wight Council to scrap plans to start charging for parking at Appley and Puckpool car parks.
The petition was started by Tony Gibbs, 48, of Station Road Brading.
He said: "There were a lot of dissent on social media on the Island and someone said someone should start a petition. I thought it would be interesting to see what the response was."
Mr Gibbs said the money that visitors would have to pay for parking could be better spent supporting local businesses. He also warned many people would find other places where they could park for free, such as residential streets.
"Within a few hours the petition had already been signed by 500 people. People feel very strongly about it," said Mr Gibbs.
Under Isle of Wight Council rules any petition signed by more than 2,500 people must be considered at a public meeting.
The petition can be viewed here.