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Study bid to solve town parking war

Coun Edward Nash says drivers in St Annes should be more considerate when parking, especially when there is a multi-storey car park in St George's Road that is rarely used.

Coun Edward Nash says drivers in St Annes should be more considerate when parking, especially when there is a multi-storey car park in St George's Road that is rarely used.

Warring factions of drivers in St Annes could soon be at peace as a study aimed at combating the town’s parking problems begins.

Town councillors are also set to meet with the owner of the St Georges Road multi-storey car park to discuss the possibility of increasing its capacity.

It comes after complaints about overstretched parking and congestion from residents struggling to park near their own homes and from visitors to the town.

Coun Edward Nash, who will attend the meeting with Conway Group representatives, said: “South of St Annes Square is a nightmare and we’ve got four different opposing views.

“One is the residents who can’t get near their own houses, so we’re looking at a residents’ parking scheme.

“Secondly is the retail businesses that want footfall, and also there’s the question of their own vehicle parking.

“We’ve then got the commuters who come in and park in St Annes.

“And we’ve got the disabled who, because there’s very few disabled parking spaces in the main car parks in St Annes, tend to park on double yellows. When you’ve got all these things to fit together the multi-storey, which only has one floor open, becomes quite a critical item.”

The meeting which is scheduled to be held on Friday, June 20, will see an initial discussion on how the multi-storey could be best used to alleviate the current parking problems in the town.

It comes as Lancashire County Council begins a study on car parking in St Annes and Lytham.

Phil Barrett, the authority’s director of highways services, said: “We are carrying out a review of on and off-street parking in Lytham and St Annes, and this will begin next week.

“This follows a consultation with businesses, residents and councillors last year when they expressed concerns about parking in the town.

“The review will include further public engagement later this summer when there will be another opportunity for people to share their views on proposals to address the parking issues.”

 

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