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Scrapping free parking in Lincolnshire towns would generate £520k a year

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: October 22, 2012

PARKING REVIEW: Free car parks in East Lindsey, which includes Louth Cattle market (pictured), could be scrapped by the district council in a bid to boost revenue.

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TOWNS and villages which currently have free parking areas could see that privilege scrapped next year.

East Lindsey District Council is currently reviewing car parking in the district and unveiled package of measures aimed at swelling its coffers by as much as £520,000 a year.

Sunday charging could be extended beyond Skegness and Mablethorpe to the whole district.

Not only that but the free parking that has existed for many years in some parts of Alford, Burgh-le-Marsh, Coningsby, Louth, Spilsby, Sutton-on-Sea and Woodhall Spa has been earmarked for the axe.

The issue sparked angry scenes after they were discussed at a meeting of the full council last week.

Some members felt the East Lindsey communities which currently enjoy areas of free parking could have a detrimental effect on local businesses.

In Louth, the town's cattle market is a free car park used mainly by people who work in the town.

Councillor Trevor Marris who gave views to the scrutiny panel on behalf of the town council, said: "Kidgate was a car park mainly used by people who worked in the town. As soon as the cattle market was opened up as a free car park, the town centre car parks were freed up for visitors and it worked.

"If they introduce parking at the cattle market, employees will just park in the town again because they will be closer to work.

"Car parking needs to be kept for shoppers and businesses. If the cost is too expensive, it won't encourage people to come and visit Louth."

Concerns have also be raised to the proposals by Spilsby Mayor Michael Lenton.

Spilsby's Boston Road car park is free and the Post Office lane car park is free for the first hour, primarily used by people visiting the doctor's surgery.

Mr Lenton said: "If they are considering scrapping the free hour at Post Office Lane, this will discriminate people coming to visit the surgery or to collect a prescription. I understand the council needs to raise revenue however, if they are thinking of promoting business, scrapping free parking and increasing fees will have the reverse effect.

A spokesman from East Lindsey District Council said: "A scrutiny panel has undertaken a review of the entire car parking service. In making recommendations, councillors were clear how important car parking is to the local economy as well as how important car parking income is to the council in helping to fund services to local people.

"The scrutiny review is complete and was discussed at Council on October 10, but no decision has yet been made on the way forward. A report will go to the council's November executive board meeting."

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  • wilwright  |  November 10 2012, 8:54PM

    If we are to be charged to park, then all car parks should be brought up to and maintained at the same good standard. For example if we are to be charged to park in the Louth cattle market or the car park in Alford south street, Then they should be covered with level well drained tarmac, have lined parking bays, cleaned and maintain and covered by cctv as other car parks are. It is not just a case of installing a ticket machine and raking in the cash under the pretence of bringing all car parks into line. If charging is to brought into line then so should standards. Of course the council would love people to stop using the Louth cattle market car park so they could justify selling it off. Which could be a good thing if sold to a supermarket then at least we could park for free. But at the end of the day I guess the best thing to do is to do all your shopping on line then the councils can sell off all the town centres for housing.

  • Roadscource  |  October 23 2012, 1:06PM

    "I've written and emailed mine several times - he ignores most, and the responses you do get look like the work of an illiterate" Who is this ignorant illiterate?

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  • Bolshie  |  October 22 2012, 7:13PM

    Thanks for that InsideStory - you've definately got a finger on the pulse! Perhaps you can enlighten me as to how, once the chosen candidate is elected, the electorate keeps the ****** up to speed with what they want him or her to do on their behalf - or how these buffoons garner the electorate's opinion before they vote? I'd wager that 99% of consituents have no contact whatsoever with their councillor. I've written and emailed mine several times - he ignores most, and the responses you do get look like the work of an illiterate. No I didn't vote for him.

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  • InsideStory  |  October 22 2012, 6:13PM

    The electorate voted for these people to make decisions on their behalf .

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  • Bolshie  |  October 22 2012, 5:46PM

    Short sighted *******. Who votes for the ******* that make decisions like this?

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  • Hazelkaye  |  October 22 2012, 3:58PM

    Welcome to "Incomeshire"!

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  • nigelsparky  |  October 22 2012, 1:06PM

    It is all coming about because, like all local authorities, they have had their funding from central government slashed. So to try and re-coup some of the lost funding, they are now wanting to carry out this measure.

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  • leosaphira  |  October 22 2012, 1:06PM

    Good Bye the town centre you know it... stupid ideas like this is whats killing the high streets.

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  • freddie666  |  October 22 2012, 10:10AM

    no it wouldnt, it would lead to more people heading out to Meadowhall & the like or shopping over the net

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  • Pete67  |  October 22 2012, 7:52AM

    Nothing like charging to put people off going. Councils though still haven't realise that greed doesn't pay. The more they try to take the less they end up with.

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