Residents, shoppers and workers in Louth face a raft of parking charge increases, as well as now being charged to park in the now free Cattle Market, after councillors voted in favour of the plans this evening.
Councillors from East Lindsey District Council have voted to go ahead with the controversial proposals to ‘balance’ charges across the district from April.
This will include charging for the now Cattle Market car park in Newmarket, charging for Sunday parking and increasing short and long stay charges by 20p.
Motorists using the car parks that were formerly free, will however get the first hour’s parking free under the new proposals.
In a lengthy debate lasting nearly three hours councillors on both sides of the argument traded forceful opinions, but even a petition led by Louth businessman Gary Denniss which had nearly 2,500 names against the plans, failed to sway the verdict.
However, under an amendment raised by Coun Steve O’Dare, people in the district paying for council car parking charges at council-run sports facilities, like in Skegness and Mablethorpe, will get refunds for their car parking fees.
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We will have much more from the meeting online in the next few days, as well as full coverage in the Leader next week.