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Council changes ‘will see parking improvement’ in Louth town centre

Parking chaos.

Parking chaos.

LOUTH will ‘see a real improvement’ in parking in the town centre when Lincolnshire County Council enforcement powers are introduced from December 3.

That was the view of Louth Coun Sarah Dodds at Monday’s Louth Area Committee meeting.

She told the meeting Louth had been selected as a category A town, and that local intelligence was being sought in order to highlight on-street parking hotspots which pose problems.

“There will be 20 parking enforcers in the county, I think we’ll see a real improvement,” Coun Dodds said.

Lincolnshire is one of the last places in the country to see the changes to take place, something the government is encouraging all local authorities to do.

The issue of parking came to light once again last week when, in a carbon copy of an incident in June, on Tuesday afternoon, a disabled driver blocked the Market Place and Eastgate for almost an hour after parking up on the side of the road.

A Stagecoach bus was unable to get past without mounting the kerb, and traffic had backed up through the whole of the town centre, eventually clearing when vehicles reversed back out of town.

The police were called but the motorist did eventually return to their vehicle to cheers from the growing crowds of people.

The incident caused a huge stir on the Leader Facebook page, with nearly 300 comments on the picture we posted online.

Parking services manager at the county council, Mick Phoenix, said: “When the county council takes on parking enforcement powers later this year, this makes us responsible for enforcing current parking restrictions in place.

“Although this will help reduce obstruction, this still remains an offence that the police can also act on.

“We will be reviewing whether the restrictions are working, or whether any changes are needed.”

Do you think parking will improve under the changes to enforcement? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.

 

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