Business leaders welcome promise of cheaper parking in East Lindsey
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 16 Mar 2017
Business leaders have said the more free parking in markets towns and a 'pay on exit' trial will help to increase footfall and boost the economy of East Lindsey.
East Lindsey District Council has announced plans to majorly review parking charges across the district, moving away from a 'one size fits all' approach to tailoring to the economic needs of each town.
And if the suggestions are accepted in April, they could be introduced in May.
It will see a pay on exit trial operating from Festival Car Park in Skegness this summer where visitors will check in and check out instead of choosing their length of stay when they arrive.
The review, if accepted, will see overnight parking charges in Skegness and Mablethorpe scrapped
It will also see a winter charge of £2 all day at coastal car parks which are currently free or just £1 between November and February.
And car parks in places like Woodhall Spa, Burgh le Marsh and Coningsby which are free all day could be capped to two hours free parking.
Tony Tye, of Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce welcomes the pay on exit trial.
He said: "Pay on exit is the right way forward and it should be brought in everywhere.
"It will encourage people to shop, have lunch and stay all day without rushing back after a couple of hours because their parking has run out.
"I know pay on exit is going to work in Skegness. We could operate it all year and it would be popular with visitors.
"It is something the town has wanted for many years.
But Mr Tye had hoped the review would bring North Parade car park down from £7 to £5 all day.
He said: "I am disappointed parking is going up to £8 all day at Pier Field and Festival car parks and that Princes Parade and North Parade are remaining at £7.
"I had proposed to East Lindsey that North Parade be put to £5 all day to encourage people to walk from that end of the town and help footfall to the businesses there, including the pubs, restaurants and Natureland Seal Sanctuary.
"The £2 parking in winter months at North Parade is acceptable. I can see the council are trying to promote Skegness as a year-round attraction and so people won't mind paying £2 for all day parking."
More free parking is proposed for market towns to support businesses, with longer stay tariffs reduced to encourage people to stay for longer.
The biggest free parking element is going to be provided in Spilsby, the market town with the highest shop vacancy rating in East Lindsey.
The town will get one hour free parking at all East Lindsey-run car parks and a flat day rate of £2 be charged for longer stays at all sites.
Spilsby resident Liz Kendall said: "The offer of free parking is extremely good, especially as people often find it difficult to park.
"Giving one hour free parking could mean that people then stay for two hours.
"It is an incentive to get people to come here - free parking for an hour will encourage people to browse around and have something to eat.
"It is a very very good idea."
In Louth, tariffs for stays longer than two hours are being reduced to encourage people to stay for longer.
And 30 minutes free parking is proposed for Market Place Car Park with Louth Cattle Market to stay as a free all-day parking facility.
Louth Independent Traders had wanted to see two hours free parking on all sites.
Chairman Gary Denniss said: "We are happy with what we have got.
"Louth offers the cheapest parking and we celebrate that.
"We've got extra 30 minutes parking in Market Place and East Lindsey is trying to support businesses with cheaper rates for those who stay longer, which is what we want.
"The only issue we are trying to resolve is with Bridge Street as it currently offers two hours free parking which works. We don't want that scrapping as it currently works well."
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