Decision on free car parking in Louth and Alford faces delay

Bridge Street car park could become free once again. EMN-151013-092111001
Bridge Street car park could become free once again. EMN-151013-092111001

A decision on whether to make 13 East Lindsey car parks free - including three 
in Louth and two in Alford - looks set to be delayed.

The U-turn could be made by the District Council after its new leader, Coun Craig Leyland, set up a scrutiny panel to look at the entire issue of car park charges.

One particular area included the possibility of scrapping charges that were introduced two years ago at previously ‘free’ car parks, and an upcoming report by the scrutiny panel looks set to recommend the changes for consideration 
by the Executive Board.

The scrutiny panel was set to present its findings to the council last Wednesday (October 7), but an ELDC spokeswoman 
said: “The report was withdrawn from the meeting to allow further work to 
be undertaken.”

It is understood that the item was pulled from the agenda due to some of the information in the review being incorrect.

As reported in last week’s Leader, the list of car parks which could be made 
free once again includes the Cattle Market car park in Louth, which contains space for up to 115 vehicles.

The other car parks under consideration in Louth are Linden Walk and Bridge Street, which 
contain spaces for 24 
and 16 vehicles respectively.

In Alford, Millers Way and South Street overflow car park are both under consideration, containing enough spaces for 30 and 68 vehicles respectively.

The 52 space car park in Sandilands is 
also included within the proposals.

The report will now go to the December meeting of 
East Lindsey District Council.

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