Concerns mount over town’s available parking

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LINCOLNSHIRE County Council has expressed concerns on the sufficient amount of parking available in town after news hit that Eastgate car park will cease operation.

Landowner of the site, company George LB Limited has decided to terminate their lease agreement with East Lindsey District Council to run the site as a car park in February.

LCC Area Highways Manager Dean Myhill said: “With regard to the proposed change to Eastgate car park, insufficient evidence has been provided to show that the displacement of the presently available parking can be accommodated within the existing car parks around town.

“Therefore the proposed development if permitted would result in significant loss of parking.

“The loss of this parking provision is likely to result in indiscriminate parking along the surrounding streets, adding to the existing parking problems and congestion in the town centre and further exacerbates the shortfall in town centre parking.”

Several residents are also worried about the affect the possible loss of parking will have on the town. Concerned reader, Gordon Pack said: “I am not convinced by the assertion that surveys confirm “there is no shortage of parking in the town”.

Another reader from Louth said: “Apart from sacrificing the sheer convenience of a short-term park only a minute’s walk from the town’s commercial centre we would have to find another forty-plus spaces somewhere in Louth.”

ELDC are yet to make a decision on the plans to turn the car park into two food retail units.

George LB Ltd were unavailable to comment at the time of going to press.

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