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Free car parks in Lincolnshire towns will not be resurfaced if charges are introduced

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

NO PLANS TO RESURFACE: East Lindsey District Council will not be resurfacing or introducing parking bays to Louth Cattle Market if proposals to introduce charges after the first free hour are approved next year.

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FREE car parks in East Lindsey won't be resurfaced if proposals to introduce charging are approved.

East Lindsey District Council will decide whether to bring in a number of changes to the car parks they run at the full council meeting in January.

The proposal includes introducing charges after the first hour at car parks which are currently free to park all day.

Alwyn Drewery, from North Somercotes, told Louth Town Council he hoped the cattle market car park, which is part of the proposals, will be brought up to standard if the council want people to pay to park there.

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He said: "It is really uneven but people accept that because it is free to park there. Now they want to charge, are they going to resurface it? On health and safety grounds, Queen Street car park would not be in the state the cattle market is. This car park is for the majority of people who work in the town. East Lindsey should be made to upgrade it to the standard of other public car parks."

Mr Drewery also objected to the loss of a free all-day parking facility, stating it will cost his son who has a part-time job in Louth, £720 a year to park.

A spokesman from East Lindsey District Council said all the free car parks which are part of the proposals will remain as they are.

There are no plans to resurface them, or introduce parking bays on Louth cattle market.

Parking permits are available, including weekly at £9, monthly £30, quarterly at £80.

Annual parking permits, which can be used across the district, are £200.

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  • wilwright  |  November 22 2012, 8:11PM

    I thought the whole point of this (or the excuse) was to make parking fairer. How can it be fair to be charged the same fee for parking on something that resembles waste ground as you get charged for parking on a maintained ( I use the word loosely) tarmac surface, with street lighting and cctv, close to the town center. Another point about this so called fairness, Why do we have to pay different amounts for different time periods. An hour should be charged at a flat rate weather its you first or fifth hour of parking. The same charge for each hour that you park regardless of how long you park, that is called fair. Not the rip off system these dim witted wallies want. They have a very strange idea of fair. Mind you, I have yet to meet a bureaucrat that actually understands the meaning of fairness or the word sensible.

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  • Bolshie  |  November 21 2012, 7:31PM

    If you're against the proposals you should write to or contact your councillor and make it quite plain that voting for the proposal will cost them your vote at the next election. Plenty of time until January! Increasing car parking charges at this time is just plain wrong - if money is tight 1st priority must be cutting the cost of government to the absolute minimum and 2nd priority must be providing core services for the majority of the population - that should include affordable parking that promotes business in the communities and generates income for the council via business rates council tax. Empty shops are no good to anyone.

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  • InsideStory  |  November 21 2012, 6:38PM

    People dont mind filling the car up to get to the carpark which cost far more to buy per gallon than the price of parking for a couple of hours.Carpark prices should also depend on the amount of space the vehicle takes up .

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  • Roadscource  |  November 21 2012, 12:34PM

    DO NOT visit any shops this Christmas unless they provide FREE and FULLY SURFACED parking like B and Q or Argos or all Supermarkets. This should crush the coffers of the Council and drive trade out of city centres reducing congestion. While im on the subject, boycott the Residents Parking Permit scheme and return the city side streets to their rightful owners the tax paying shoppers who need free parking on the side streets to keep Britain afloat. If you buy a house with no parking, dont expect the right to park on the tax payers roads !

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  • ukchrisuk  |  November 21 2012, 12:18PM

    Mr Drewery, it will only cost your son £720 a year to park if he chooses to park in a car park. Park on the streets like everyone else for free! The council might just do something then when all the streets become gridlocked!

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  • rascall1  |  November 21 2012, 11:07AM

    What do you expect, you pay council tax, tax on wages, car tax, and many other taxes, and now parking tax and what to you get for it, A BIG FAT NOTHING so why shout about resurfacing it wont happen its a matter of inflating the badly managed coffers by our over paid under seen government and local councils.

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  November 21 2012, 10:18AM

    "I've never understood why people expect parking to be free." Maybe if you took a day off and looked beyond your frothing anti-motorist agenda, you might wake up to the benefits of free parking. However I won't hold my breath.

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  • Roadscource  |  November 21 2012, 9:22AM

    "I've never understood why people expect parking to be free. You're renting a piece of land. Land is valuable. Of course you have to pay for that!" Neither do i, after having paid vehicle exise duty ive already rented a piece of land off the government exactly the same size as my car.

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  • S_Morrissey  |  November 21 2012, 8:57AM

    I've never understood why people expect parking to be free. You're renting a piece of land. Land is valuable. Of course you have to pay for that! Parking charges are like petrol, insurance and depreciation - just part of the cost of owning a car.

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