Parking taskforce for Fylde

Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, county coun Tim Ashton. Picture Garth Hamer
Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, county coun Tim Ashton. Picture Garth Hamer
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AN end to the parking crisis which has blighted business owners’ lives could be in sight after a councillor pledged to overhaul parking arrangements.

County Coun Tim Ashton said “all options are open” as he looks for a way to improve the situation across both Lytham and St Annes.

Business owners in both towns have spent years campaigning for shoppers to be allowed to park for two hours on-street.

Coun Ashton (pictured), a Lytham councillor and Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “Parking in Lytham and St Annes has been a long, painful issue which is not going to go away.

“Lancashire and Fylde councils will be working together and we will have meetings with the chambers of trade, town council and local residents to find out where the problems are.

“We are not going to solve every problem but we will look at everything.”

Options include changing the charges in Fylde Council’s car parks, introducing residents’ permit parking, and extending on-street parking limits.

John Moxham, chairman of St Annes Chamber of Trade, has welcomed the consultation and said: “We’re very pleased, we’ve been lobbying for this for years.

“We need two-hour on-street parking so people can do a reasonable amount of shopping.”

Fylde and Lancashire councils have confirmed they will be working together, and a Fylde Council spokesman said: “This process will take some time and we will listen to all concerns with interest.”

Anyone with issues can email tim.ashton@lancashire.gov.uk.