Petition urges u-turn over Louth car park measures

Louth businessman Gary Denniss has launched a petition against ELDC's proposed parking changes.
Louth businessman Gary Denniss has launched a petition against ELDC's proposed parking changes.
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Pressure is growing on East Lindsey District Council to about turn over their controversial plans to revamp parking charges in Louth.

A petition, launched by owner of M&G Designs in Eastgate Gary Denniss, has been signed by over 2,000 people, and Mr Denniss believes the plans ‘make no sense’ for businesses.

East Lindsey District Council are due to decide at their full council meeting on Wednesday whether to go ahead with proposals to ‘balance’ charges across the district from April. This would include charging for the now free Cattle Market car park, charging for Sunday parking and increasing short and long stay charges.

The decision comes just a month after Lincolnshire County Council took over on-street parking enforcment, launching their own crack-down.

And Mr Denniss fears for businesses should the plans come to fruition.

“The aim of the petition is to make the council re-think, we have to try and attract people into the town and it will destroy all the good work done.

“I don’t think it’s fair what they are proposing. They’re offering one hour’s free parking but that’s no good to man nor beast. By the time you’ve been to the bank and to get your sausages your hour has gone.

“There has been overwhelming opposition to the parking changes, with people expressing anger and frustration.

“We sincerely hope that councillors will heed the voice of the people and take a serious second look at these proposals, they have to look at the viability of the town.

“From people I’ve spoken to, the consensus is that they would prefer to see a small increase in their rates rather than penalise the town’s economy.”

ELDC portfolio holder for the environment, Coun Tony Bridges, said: “Car parking is an emotive issue, we appreciate that. The recommendations being considered by council aim to provide a fairer car parking service across East Lindsey and have been worked up following a cross party scrutiny review.

“With significant cuts in Government funding the small increases we’re proposing would go a long way to protecting vital front line services.

“All district councillors will be able to vote on the proposed car parking arrangements. Car parking charges haven’t increased in East Lindsey since 2008, and I am confident at the proposed prices, the charges still remain reasonable and competitive with other towns.”

Visit www.louthleader.co.uk for the council’s verdict on Wednesday.