Birmingham councillors are grumbling after being forced to give up their exclusive underground car park and use a public multi-storey several hundred yards away.
For years, the city's leaders, including MPs, councillors and some senior staff, have enjoyed the use of 100 free spaces accessed via a ramp on Edmund Street behind the Council House.
The free parking is extended to about 70 Honorary Aldermen, the title given to long-serving ex-councillors, as a perk-for-life worth an estimated £2,000 per year.
But, from January, the cavernous car park will be converted into a plant room servicing new office blocks due to replace the old Central Library as part of the Paradise Circus development. It is being handed to developers on a long lease.
As an alternative, councillors are being given the use of 120 free spaces at the Paradise Circus Car Park behind the new Library of Birmingham, but rank and file councillors are privately complaining at having to trudge further to get to their offices and attend meetings.
One backbencher grumbled: "Not only are we parking much further away, we will have to walk through a building site to get to meetings."
Only council cabinet members, political group leaders, committee chairmen and disabled staff are able to park in the Council House courtyard.
The Birmingham Post understands, unofficially, that a number have made applications for disabled parking spaces in the Council House courtyard to avoid the walk - but the council would not comment on this.
A Birmingham City Council spokesman added: "We can confirm the council's underground car park closes on January 4.
"Just like any other large organisation, we need to make sure our members can carry out council business effectively but there is also a much bigger picture here.
"Paradise Circus is one of the most significant city centre regeneration projects in the country and it has been decided, on balance, that the sacrifice being made by members is more than worth it for the benefits in terms of jobs and having a city centre for our citizens to be proud of."