FRUSTRATED residents have hit out after learning they will not be able to park outside their homes during this summer’s Open Golf.
Parking restrictions on major routes across St Annes – as well as many roads around the Royal Lytham and St Annes golf course – have been announced ahead of the July Championships, but one councillor said he has already received complaints from residents.
Coun Howard Henshaw said residents on Blackpool Road North and Leach Lane – both close to one of the tournament’s park and ride car parks – had raised concerns about being denied access to their on-street parking.
He said: “I am getting quite a few complaints from people, especially people who don’t have driveways. There has not really been any consultation with residents about this and people are worried.
“I think the restrictions are necessary for the golf, but there should have been some consideration to people who have not got driveways, especially in terraced houses, and some people in older houses whose driveways are too narrow to fit a modern car on.”
But Fylde Council, which put the restrictions together with Lancashire County Council, said they had been designed to ensure the tournament runs smoothly with as little inconvenience as possible for residents.
A spokesman for the council said: “We have looked very carefully at the roads and come to the belief they should be kept as clear of traffic as possible to aid the rapid movement of visitors to the golf.
“We believe this will keep the roads free and minimise congestion and be for the benefit of residents.
“The tournament is believed to be worth approximately £90m to the area, which includes the marketing value of the TV coverage across the world and we want to project a happy and efficient image of the Fylde.”
And the council added provisions had been made for a residents area on the golf car park on the Blackpool Road playing fields, which will allow local residents to park within walking distance of their homes if they obtain a residents’ permit from the Town Hall.
For a full list of restrictions see www.fylde.gov.uk.