MOTORISTS are being urged to be more considerate when parking vehicles in a busy town centres.
People visiting St Annes are being asked to use car parks where spaces are available, and not to queue in the road waiting for a single space in smaller car parks when larger facilities are available elsewhere.
The call comes from Coun Ed Nash, who represents the town on Fylde Council as well as central ward on St Annes Town Council.
Coun Nash spent an hour observing traffic at the Wood Street car park, next to the Marks and Spencer Simply Food, where cars spilled on to Clifton Drive South as drivers waited for spaces to become free.
He said: “There needs to be some signs put up asking drivers to pull forward as they come into the car park. At the moment people who don’t want to sit in the queuing traffic are trying to pull around them and are nearly colliding with the oncoming traffic.
“This is being looked at by the Police And Communities Together (PACT) group, and by Lancashire County Council, which is considering putting in a box junction.
“Until the council carries out its investigations, there is not much we can do.”
Coun Nash said there were also issues with people parking on the pavement near to Orchard Road, which was against a council agreement when the area was improved.
He added: “People would park on top of each other if they could around here, but we have the ridiculous situation of having a four-storey car park on St George’s Road with only two floors in use because everyone wants free parking.
“They park on the side streets, and block the roads for everyone else.”
Lancashire County Council’s highways manager Sim Lane-Dixon said: “We are aware of congestion and parking issues in St Annes, and in particular around Wood Street. We are currently looking at proposals for a new junction box marking on Clifton Drive opposite Wood Street, which should help to reduce congestion.
“Short-term pavement parking is one of a number of on-street parking issues across the St Annes area as a whole which we will need to consider in further detail.”