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The simple answer is to buy a two wheeler i.e. a moped, a scooter or a motorcycle.
With a big bike you can carry an extraordinary amount of shopping or a change of clothes if you are off to a meeting.
Do wear the proper safety clothing.
You can park in designated spaces in council car parks and if those are full you shouldn't be helpful and pout your little bike in a corner out of the way; you should use a car space (yes, really).
You can also park in permit bays and pay & display free of charge.
From the council website:
Motorcycles Only – for motorcycles, free of charge and for an unlimited period. Motorcycles can also be parked in pay and display and permit parking places free of charge and without a permit.
I am off now to buy a nice pink Lambretta.