A council has responded to concerns that signs advertising free parking in Weymouth 'are not obvious enough'.

Many people have taken to social media with claims that the sign informing residents of the all-day free parking on Saturday was too low.

Several people said they paid out for tickets because they didn't see the sign.

One Facebook user said: "I filled [it] up with coins this morning only to see the sign after I've got a ticket for three hours parking."

Another said: "A laminate poster over each machine would be the obvious way to prevent people paying."

Cllr Colin Huckle, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council spokesman for parking and transport, said: "We used bright orange stickers and signage in every car park in the town centre that was part of the free parking scheme.

"We have used the same signage that we have used for the past two years, without any complaint.

"We cannot bag the machines as the majority are solar powered and need the solar panel to charge the battery. We advertised the free parking initiative on DorsetForYou, the media and on social media, too."

Drivers can park for free in Weymouth's council-owned car parks in December from 3pm onwards.