Last chance to have your say on parking plans which could see charges rise by up to 10%
A pay-and-display machine in High Street Cleethorpes car park
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 Aug 2017
You only have a few days left to have your say on the future of parking in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area with drivers facing a possible hike in charges among a number of other major proposals.
A six-week consultation is now coming to an end with North East Lincolnshire Council asking for views on the often-thorny issue of parking in the borough.
Following a review by Systra, a number of proposals were put forward in June including a rise in parking charges of up to 10 per cent, and the introduction of a £1.50 charge for evening parking, which is currently free.
The authority is also asking for opinions on the future of underused car parks in Burgess Street, Garibaldi/Duncombe Street, Orwell Street and Wellington Terrace in Grimsby, as well as provision for disabled people and season tickets.
Meanwhile, residents who currently pay for parking permits could see the cost almost halved – from £80 to £45.
Ahead of the consultation closing date on Sunday (August 13), the council is holding three drop-in sessions.
• Cleethorpes Library, Thursday, August 10, 2pm to 6pm
• Freeman Street Market, Friday, August 11, 10am to 2pm
• Cleethorpes Library, Saturday, August 12, 9am to 1pm
Councillor David Watson, portfolio holder for Energy and Environment at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “If you care passionately about parking in your area, this is your chance to help shape how we approach it in the future.
“It’s a topic that affects everyone, not only motorists, and we’re very much open to ideas and suggestions about it.
Orwell Street West car park - which could be closed (Image: Jon Corken)
“We won’t be making decisions on any of the suggestions in the report until the evidence gathered during the consultation and the cross-party examination through the council’s scrutiny process has been considered.
“The six-week consultation will help us make sure our parking plans fit with our overall approach for the borough, in terms of making the most of our economic, cultural and heritage offer, but also being aware of the differing needs of local people, visitors and businesses.
“The overall aim must be to get the best approach to car parking that we can for the whole of North East Lincolnshire.”
Aside from the drop-in sessions, there are a number of other ways you can give your views.
You can complete the survey online and read the full report at http://www.nelincs.gov.uk/have-your-say
If you’d rather write your thoughts down on paper, print copies are available at Lincs Inspire libraries and the Municipal Offices in Grimsby.